Israel Must Control the Jordan Valley to Defend Its Eastern Border

(Israel Hayom) Yitzhak Ilan - Israel's sovereignty initiative in the Jordan Valley and parts of Judea and Samaria shouldn't depend on the Palestinian, Arab, or European response. We must ask ourselves if it will benefit Israel in the long run. We must apply sovereignty in the Jordan Valley to display through action that we will never withdraw. We need to control the Jordan Valley to defend our eastern border both militarily and demographically. Whoever thinks it's possible to prevent both weapons smuggling into Judea and Samaria and disastrous demographic changes to the country without controlling the Jordan Valley is living in a fantasy world. In Judea and Samaria, too, the time has come to decide what we are doing with the half-million Jews who live there, and who were sent there by all previous Israeli governments. This is the land of our forefathers, the land where the people of Israel and its culture were created, therefore we must apply sovereignty there as well. The writer is a former deputy director of the Israel Security Agency.

2020-06-12 00:00:00

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