Israeli Prime Minister: “Jordan Valley will always remain a part of Israel”

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Israeli Prime Minister: “Jordan Valley will always remain a part of Israel”

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on October 10 that Israel will never abandon the settlements in the Jordan Valley.

Netanyahu called Jordan Valley ‘strategic defensive belt for the country’ in ceremony marking 50 years of Israeli settlement there.

“The Jordan Valley will always remain a part of Israel. We will continue to settle it, invest in infrastructure and tourism,” he said during a speech at a ceremony marking 50 years of Israeli settlement there.

Regarding the Jordan Valley settlements, Netanyahu said Israel will never abandon them “because they are of utmost security importance to Israel.” He said: “The Middle East is fickle and violent. The Jordan Valley is a strategic defensive belt for the state. Without it, a flood of fundamentalism could enter the country and reach as far as the Dan region. That’s why our eastern line of defense begins in this place.”

“This isn’t just a question of ties to the homeland. First and foremost, that isn’t the way to make peace. It’s not peace we got when we uprooted settlements; we got terror and missiles,” he said, referring to Israel’s unilateral withdrawal from the Gaza Strip in 2005. “Therefore, we won’t repeat this. Every area that falls into the hands of radical Islam becomes a base for destruction, violence and death. we won’t abandon our national home to danger.”

Netanyahu previously approved building plans for 3,736 new units in Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank on October 9. According to the Washington Post, most nations consider this and continued Israeli occupation of the West Bank in violation of international law, though Israel disputes this.

Over most of its length, the Jordan Valley forms the border between Jordan to the east, and Israel and the West Bank, a contentious territory the bulk of which is occupied by Israel, to the west. The details are regulated by the Israel–Jordan peace treaty of 1994, which establishes an “administrative boundary” between Jordan and the West Bank, occupied by Israel in 1967, without prejudice to the status of that territory.

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  • I don’t feel pity for Jordan.
    They are backstabbers to Syrian people (or at least their government is)
    Jordanians should go back to licking Israeli boots since they of course do not mind Israel occupying their territory and also help them in fighting Syria by funding, arming and supporting terrorist groups in Syria.

    • Serious Dude

      What terrorist groups did Jordan arm?

      • zman

        Ever hear of Al Tanf? Of course you have, you’re just being a good troll. Russian description of Al Tanf…a black hole terrorists flow from. Pretty accurate. Jordan helps arm, train and expedite terrorist movements into Syria. Want a name? Pick one, they go by many different names…ISIS, Al Qaeda, et al…. It’s good that Israel is screwing Jordan too. Maybe, when the tables are turned, they’ll join in and help eliminate the Zionist snake pit. Better late than never.

        • Serious Dude

          Jordan supports moderate Sunni FSA groups not ISIS and Al-Qaeda. So Israel is good now?

          • Igor Dano

            Give me please the definition of moderate. Thanks.

          • Serious Dude

            Moderate = non-Salafist

          • zman

            Bullshit…and the only fool that would say that Israel is good now, is you. Same old troll BS.

          • Serious Dude

            Israel is good, yes.

      • Turbofan

        Are you serious bro???

      • Gary Sellars

        Have a look at a map of southern Syria around Daraa. Now ask how this could be possible without Jordan being used as a base of supply and refuge for Jihadist terror groups?

        • Serious Dude

          Jordan supports moderate Sunni FSA groups.

          • Igor Dano

            Moron, your FSA dudes are ISIS in another uniform, I asked you to define moderete and hence you did not answer.
            Therefore I gave you the definition of moderate

          • Serious Dude

            First of all, I don’t support FSA. Secondly, before 2016 ISIS crushed all FSA groups while clashes between ISIS and SAA were rare.

          • zman

            More troll Bullshit. Can’t your handlers come up with better crap than this?

          • Serious Dude

            Hardcore assadophylia is a mental disease.

          • Ronald

            So Serious Dude , your ” moderate Sunni FSA groups” , all turn out to be like the Zikini up in Aleppo , those are the guys that beheaded the 12 year old boy , and made a video of it , just for fun . The CIA considers that “moderate” , are you that cold .

          • Serious Dude

            Zenkis are Salafis and therefore NOT moderate.

          • Ronald

            @Serious Dude :
            You seem to have a difficult time accepting reality .
            There are No ” moderate rebel” groups that are not Salafist .
            The Syrian Army is 60 %Sunni , they are moderate , not Salafist or Wahhabi .
            The CIA labeled the Al Nusra ( Al Qaeda) that they fund and train , “moderate rebels ” . This was speaking to the US Congress , if they had explained they were in fact Al Qaeda , Congress would not have granted funding.
            Jordan , as a neighbor of Syria , is allowing the training and arming of various groups who are commanded by well paid mercenaries , using the “true believers” , the Salafists as cannon fodder .
            Jordan , like Turkey facilitates , US / Saudi / Israel , arm and pay .
            Jordan is an ex – British colony , still under control .

          • Serious Dude

            Al Nusra is considered terrorist by the US. It is a part of Al Qaeda, the organization that has made multiple terrorist attacks. Also, Jordan and Turkey support different groups.

      • Carol Davidek-Waller

        All of them.

    • Tudor Miron

      Their government is backstabber to their own population. Russia tryed convinsing Jordan into more positive posture but it didn’t work too well.

      • Matthew Campbell

        By positive posture, do you mean actively seeking to destroy the Jewish State and her people?

        • Tudor Miron

          By positive posture I mean that they should restrain from helping ISIS/FSA/SDF and the rest of Israel/US irregular armed forces.

    • Rob

      On the pretext of buffer zone actually Israeli refugees annexing land from surrounding countries.

    • Igor Dano

      50% of the jordanian population are Palestinians, who seek a refuge there, after the zion occupation of palestina.
      Those palestinians have to do something about the local zionbitch, Hussein.

  • Rob

    Benjanyahu does not know the power of Iran. Iran will takeout every single feather of Benjanyahu.

    • Matthew Campbell

      Wanna bet? I will bet you any amount of money that Iran can not and will not ever win any war with Israel

      • Rob

        Do you remember how Iran defeated Israel by just a small group of heroes Hezbollah in 2006 war. Now the strength of that group grown up tremendously and expended to other brother countries like Syria and Iraq and treating your puppets very nicely.

        America and Israel shouldn’t do any mistake to think about war with Iran. Israeli refugees are rats of America and Iran is a nuclear power with nuclear missile. What mistake Iraqi president Saddam has done in 2000 to fulfil each and every demand of America and Israel will not be repeated again. Saddam dismantled his weapons and that was his mistake. Same mistake Libyan president Maamer Qaddafi has done that gave his nuclear assets to America.

        I think the most stupid president of our world will trust in America and Israel.

  • Rodney Loder

    Israeli provocations are for posturing internal rhetoric, israel has never needed a reason other than an opportune time to attack it’s neighbours, I personally don’t have neighbours, I had the same problem with them as as the region has with israel, I just deleted them, no problemo, I guess the same thing will happen to israel, if Allah is willing, but the leadership of the ME has to be settled first, if Zawahiri uses israel in the same way as the Mujahideen used the Yanks in Afghanistan he will be offset as the Mujahideen were by the Mullah Omar.

    • Matthew Campbell

      Israel will never be “deleted”. Btw, only an idiot would believe a nation of about 5.5 million Jews is actively seeking to go to war with her neighbors whose population is near 200 million. But hey, whatever you need to make yourself feel good.

      • Rodney Loder

        It’s a class war, wealthy Arabs against poor Arabs using US which is israel in practical terms to protect their privliged positions, that’s what the wars are all about.

  • Solomon Krupacek

    to the end of this century there will be no israel
    /Solomon Krupacek, the Wisestest/

    • Matthew Campbell

      Would you like to place a bet on it?

  • goingbrokes

    He is mentally ill. When US goes down (and it has been sliding for two decades already) Israel and Saudi Arabia will go down with it. They should have developed good foreign policies when they had a chance, but I guess it is too much to ask from zionists. They only see their own narrow sphere of interest and not beyond it. Their leaders have never take good care of their people – insanity has been the rule, not the exception.

    • You can call me Al

      The Saudis have an internal political battle as we speak between the different “family clans” in the House of Saud + China has just told them that they will import oil only if it is paid in Yuan.

  • Carol Davidek-Waller

    If the Israeli people don’t figure out how to prevent the most extreme elements in their society from dominating, there is unlikely to be an Israel in the not too distant future.

  • You can call me Al

    “Without it, a flood of fundamentalism could enter the country and reach as far as the Dan region.”

    Oh that is funny; his own funded terrorists ma come back to haunt him.