Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Netanyahu: Israel will never cede Jordan Valley

Dividing up this geographic unity or the two-state solution was never a viable solution for sustainable and just peace in this region. Israel's intentions are becoming clearer day-by-day to people who were previously deluded by the rhetoric of "peace process" and "two-state solution". Recently, Israel also added two West Bank holy sites to its national heritage list, sparking intense protests from Palestinians and pro-justice activists around the world.

Netanyahu: Israel will never cede Jordan Valley
By Jonathan Lis, Haaretz, March 2, 2010

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that Israel would never agree to withdraw from the Jordan Valley under any peace agreement signed with the Palestinians.

Netanyahu told the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee that the Jordan Valley's strategic importance along the eastern border of the West Bank made it impossible for Israel to withdraw, according to a meeting participant.

Netanyahu also told delegates to the meeting that he was set on preventing the smuggling of rockets into the Palestinian Authority, attacking opposition leader Tzipi Livni for what he called her inability to secure Israel against such a threat.

"I see that for you, a piece of paper is enough to make sure that rockets don't enter the Palestinian territory," Netanyahu said, his words directed at Livni. "I was elected to make sure that this actually happens.

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