During an address on 10 September, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to annex the Jordan Valley and northern Dead Sea, if he is re-elected in the upcoming general election on 17 September, calling it the country’s “defense wall”.
If Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu goes through with his promise to annex the Jordan Valley, he would be killing the two-state solution for domestic electoral gain.
The Jordan Valley constitutes 60% of the entire West Bank area, if you include East Jerusalem, means the death of the two state solution.
The prime minister further stated that more West Bank settlements will follow suit after the US President Donald Trump administration publishes its “Deal of the Century” peace plan in full.
The US peace plan will be released, immediately after the election. Perhaps even days. It’s a great challenge, also a great opportunity. A historic opportunity”, Netanyahu said.
Annexing the Jordan Valley, and East Jerusalem would mean a continuation of a state of war between Israel and its captive population, now living under now under absolutely illegal military occupation since 1967.
There’s nothing left to negotiate if East Jerusalem is off the table, if 66% of the West Bank in the Jordan Valley is off the table. What are they actually going to negotiate with the Palestinians after this move?
His statement was met with harsh criticism from the Arab League, with the organisation indicating that the annexation of parts of the West Bank would violate international law and UN resolutions.
The organisation’s secretary-general, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, has said that such a move would only hinder the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi also blasted Netanyahu’s pledge, arguing that its fulfillment would “push the whole region towards violence”.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu also took to Twitter to react to Netanyahu’s announcement, slamming his statement as “illegal, unlawful and aggressive.”
Washington has supported Tel Aviv’s claims to Jerusalem in its entirety as its capital, as well as the Jewish state’s claims to the Golan Heights, which Israel has controlled since the 1967 Six-Day War.
The presentation of the US plan, which has been designed by Jason Greenblatt, the outgoing US special envoy for Middle East, and Jared Kushner, President Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law, has repeatedly been delayed.
It was supposed to be released over the summer, but was postponed again after Netanyahu failed to form a coalition following the April election and called a fresh vote.
The White House revealed the economic portion of the plan in June, proposing a $50 billion investment initiative that would establish a global investment fund to boost the Palestinian and neighboring Arab states economies, as well as to finance a $5 billion dollar transportation corridor to connect the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
While Israel has welcomed the Trump peace plan, the Palestinian side has repeatedly pointed out that the US can not be a mediator in negotiations with Israel, and has boycotted the Trump administration.
As was to be expected, there will never be an independent Palestine, it will all become part of a consolidated Israel.
The only doubt is whether Arabs living in the future greater Israel will be offered Israeli citizenship or not. And if offered, whether they will accept or reject it.
As citizens of Israel, those Arabs would have more rights than any other Arabs in the Middle East, except the right to a sovereign state of their own.
Reason would seem to say that being Israeli and free is better than being Palestinian and non-free – as it would be bound to happen. But reason has little to do with people’s actions in the Middle East.
ABC Flash Point Middle East News 2019.