Defense Chief Says Israel Will Apply Sovereignty to West Bank

Statement comes after Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said that the PA will act to annul distinction between Area A, B and C in the territories

Noa Landau, HAARETZ

Defense Minister Naftali Bennett.
Defense Minister Naftali Bennett.  Tomer Appelbaum

Defense Minister Naftali Bennett said Tuesday that Israel would apply sovereignty over the West Bank and the Jordan Valley in response to remarks made by Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh that the PA would act to have the distinction between Area A, B and C in the Palestinian territories annulled.

While touring the Binyamin Regional Council in the West Bank, Bennett visited construction sites of new housing units as well as in the Yeshiva High School in the settlement of Beit El.

“This morning the Palestinian prime minister declared a campaign to seize Area C,” Bennet said during the tour.

The Oslo Accords divided the West Bank into three parts: Area A, which makes up 18 percent of it and includes all large Palestinian cities, is under full control of the Palestinian Authority; Area B, which makes up 22 percent, is under civilian control of the PA and Israeli security control; and Area C, which makes up 60 percent, is controlled by Israel and is home to Israeli settlements.

“We are in the midst of a battle, and they are trying to take our territory. We’ll capture and settle throughout the land of Israel, while fending off the illegal Palestinian construction and apply [Israeli] sovereignty [over the West Bank],” Bennet added.

The chief defense also said that “over the past few years we are struggling to stave off [the Palestinians]. We are approaching a decisive time to apply sovereignty over Area C. this is our mission and it can be done in the coming year. We can break the 52-year-old standstill. We will apply our sovereignty over Judea and Samaria and the Jordan Valley.”

Later on Tuesday, Benny Gantz, chairman of Kahol Lavan, said that he would work to advance Israel’s annexation of the Jordan Valley after Israel’s March 2 election, adding he expects the publication of the Trump Administration’s Mideast peace plan.

Speaking during a tour of the region, Gantz said “The Jordan Valley is Israel’s eastern defensive barrier in any future conflict. Israeli governments that spoke of the possibility of returning the area [to Jordanian control] were making a grave strategic and security mistake, and we see this strip of land as an inseparable part of the State of Israel.”

When asked about the Trump administration’s plan for Middle East peace, Gantz said, “I hope that President Trump will hurry and release his plan. Several weeks have passed. Many dramatic things are happening in the Middle East, and I’m looking forward to the plan’s release.”

In the past, Gantz opposed the publication of the plan during an election campaign, saying such a move would be a gift to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and “outright intervention.”

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  1. The Media is distorting Gantz’s position. He says he will support the annexation of the Jordan Valley only if it has the support of the “international community,” which of course will never happen. This is a typical sly, evasive Gantz statement. He wants people to think that his views are more pro-Israel than they actually are. This is from Today’s Arutz Sheva:

    Benny Gantz: Gantz vows to promote annexation of Jordan Valley – in coordination with int’l community
    ‘Offers to trade Jordan Valley for peace deal were a mistake,’ says Blue & White chief, vowing to pursue annexation – but not unilaterally.

    Benny Gantz
    Blue and White party chairman Benny Gantz vowed Tuesday afternoon to promote the application of Israeli sovereignty over the Jordan Valley after the March 2nd election.

    During a tour of the Jordan Valley and Dead Sea area Tuesday, Gantz responded to calls from the Israeli Right for the application of Israeli sovereignty over the Jordan Valley, a key strategic area on Israel’s eastern border – an area that the Palestinian Authority has claimed for a future Palestinian state.

    Gantz said he would work to promote the application of Israeli sovereignty over the area in the next Knesset, but suggested he would not do so unilaterally, instead calling for “coordination” with the international community.

    “We are repeating this and saying it definitely: the Jordan Valley is the shield on Israel’s eastern front,” adding that the area would remain under Israel control “in any possible scenario.”

    The Blue and White chief, a former IDF chief of staff, said that previous Israeli governments which had considered surrendering the area in exchange for a final status agreement with the Palestinian Authority were “mistaken”.

    “We view this area as being an inseparable part of the State of Israel, and after the elections, we will work to apply Israeli sovereignty in the Valley, in coordination with the international community.”

    Gantz called on the Trump administration to release its much-anticipated Middle East peace plan before the Israeli general election, despite recent reports Gantz was opposed to an early release of the plan.

    “I hope that President Trump pushes up the release of his peace plan. I look forward to seeing the publication of the peace plan as soon as possible.”

    Gantz’s comments come a day after Blue and White MK Yael German, a former Health Minister, said the party would support the evacuation of Jewish towns in Judea and Samaria as part of a final status agreement with the Palestinian Authority, and rejected the possibility of the party backing the application of Israeli sovereignty over the Jordan Valley.

    “We aren’t talking about annexing the Jordan Valley, I don’t know where that is coming from,” said German in an interview with Galei Tzahal.

    “We’re talking about some kind of deal which is based on disengagement. It is written explicitly in our platform. Maybe everyone is seeing what they want to see.”

    Last September, shortly before the elections to the 22nd Knesset, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu vowed to annex the Jordan Valley if reelected premier.

    On Monday, Transportation Minister Bezalel Smotrich called on Gantz to weigh in on the question of annexing the Jordan Valley, and pushed to have the proposal brought before the Knesset plenum.

  2. Blue and White MK Yael German, a former Health Minister, said the party would support the evacuation of Jewish towns in Judea and Samaria as part of a final status agreement with the Palestinian Authority, and rejected the possibility of the party backing the application of Israeli sovereignty over the Jordan Valley.
    “We aren’t talking about annexing the Jordan Valley, I don’t know where that is coming from,” said German in an interview with Galei Tzahal. How can people vote Blue and White?

  3. Likud : Next week a bill for sovereignty in the valley will be pushed
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    Likud officials plan to vote next week on a Knesset bill to apply sovereignty over the Jordan Valley in order to test the “Blue & White” party, News 12 reports.

  4. At the end of the day will u. s. and or Trump give a red or green light. No doubt it will be take a little but give away something??? Gotta keep the sodomites happy.

  5. Bennett: Don’t miss opportunity for sovereignty in Jordan Valley

    Defense Minister praises Bezalel Smotrich’s proposal to apply sovereignty in the Jordan Valley. ‘Zionist parties cannot miss 1-time chance.

    Yisrael Betenyu, Likud, Yamina, UTJ/Shas are ALL for applying Israeli Sovereignty to the Jordan Valley I believe. Gantz says later after the elections with coordination of the international community (sounds like double-talk).

    So if Likud does bring this to a vote it should pass.

    The legal question is does an interim government have the power to do this. There are many questions of what powers interim government have and do NOT have.

  6. Maths Test: “How many 2-States in Palestine = A 2=State in Palestine?”
    4 out of 3 get this wrong, perhaps because they forget the first 2-state was in 1920, made legal in 1948; some say Jordan itself was created deceptively:
    • “The original text of the Balfour Declaration had read “Palestine should be reconstituted as the National Home of the Jewish people.” The text was changed to read “the establishment in Palestine of a Home for the Jewish people.” The single word “in” was used subsequently to justify removing all of Transjordan from the British Mandate that resulted from the Balfour Declaration. – [President of Israel, Chaim Weizmann, Trial and Error, 1949, p 257]

  7. Yesterday the frogy leader arrived early to meet with nutunyahoo to inform him sovereignty will be a bad move as it will upset frogies constituents. Nutunyahoo is easerly led by outside force as opposed to his own electoral voters. He’s waiting for Trumps green light.
    But then he’s only offering sovereignty to Jordan valley and established ‘settlelments’ not to all area C.
    So guess a and b will be his happy gift to the sodomites.

  8. Bibi tweeted this morning he is going to apply sovereignty to the Jordan Valley. Should get approval at the Cabinet meeting Sunday. Then should be a full vote in the Knesset on Tuesday.

    All new laws need to pass three readings and vote of the law.

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