Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to annex the Jordan Valley in Judea and Samaria (the so called west bank) if he wins next week’s general election.
“Today, I announce my intention, after the establishment of a new government, to apply Israeli sovereignty to the Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea,” Netanyahu said in a speech broadcast live on Israeli TV on Tuesday. He continued “That step could be taken immediately after the election if I receive a clear mandate to do so from you, the citizens of Israel”. We haven’t had such an opportunity since 1967,” the prime minister added, referring to the year when Israel seized control of Judea and Samaria (the so called West Bank) during a war with its Arab neighbors. “And it’s doubtful for another 50 years.”
“Out of respect for President Trump and out of great faith in our friendship, I will wait with applying sovereignty until release of the president’s political plan,” Netanyahu said. “As much as it is possible, I want to apply sovereignty in the communities and other areas with maximum coordination with the U.S. … But there is one place where it is possible to apply Israeli sovereignty immediately after the election. If I receive a clear mandate to do so from you, the citizens of Israel.
“In recent months I have led a diplomatic effort in this direction, and the conditions for this have ripened,” he continued. “Today I am announcing my intention to apply, with the formation of the next government, Israeli sovereignty on the Jordan Valley and northern Dead Sea,” Netanyahu said, calling the area “Israel’s eastern border.”
Even before Netanyahu’s address, the head of the Jordan Valley Council released a statement thanking the prime minister “for the historic decision.”
The Yesha Council, an umbrella organization of Jewish settlement municipal councils in the West Bank, said “this is a very important time that the settlements have been expecting since their inception.”
The Yesha Council welcomed “the historic position, which places the settlements as integral parts of the State of Israel.”
The right-wing Otzma Yehudit Party offered congratulations to Netanyahu for his Tuesday address, and said they hope “the prime minister will make the right decision: to form a strong right-wing government.”
Palestinian leadership will hold an emergency meeting in the coming days to discuss the repercussions of Netanyahu’s announcement, according to a PA official, adding that Netanyahu’s announcement means that the two-state solution is dead and the Palestinians will no longer abide by signed agreements with Israel.
The area to be annexed is under Israeli military control and is called “Area C” where is located the archaeological site of Qumran in the Judean Desert — Judea and Samaria (the so called West Bank). Something biblical is going on!
We can expect more violence in the hours and days to come. Pray for the peace of Jerusalém!