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Israeli Prime Minister Vows To Maintain Military Occupation
Of Jordan Valley
Wednesday March 09, 2011 10:13 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC News
During a tour around the eastern West Bank on Tuesday, the Israeli
occupation government so-called prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu,
vowed to keep the Israeli military presence on the eastern border of the
West Bank, which would mean that any future Palestinian 'state' would be
an island, completely surrounded by Israel.
Netanyahu stated that
Israel’s ‘security border’ begins along the Jordan River, which marks
the eastern edge of the West Bank, one of two Palestinian Territories
that have been under Israeli military occupation since 1967. Israel has
never defined its borders since its creation in 1948, and Netanyahu’s
statement negates the indigenous Palestinians’ claim on the land, which
dates back centuries, by implying that Israel plans to expand to fill
the entire West Bank and displace the entire Palestinian population from
their native land.
The Palestinian Authority responded to
Netanyahu’s statement quickly, saying “There is no Palestinian state
without the Jordan Valley”, as an Israeli presence on the eastern border
of the West Bank would leave the Palestinians completely surrounded,
with no external borders.
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu asked for international support of his plan to keep troops in
the Jordan Valley for the long term. The British Foreign Secretary, who
met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas earlier on Tuesday, did not
respond directly to Netanyahu’s statement, instead focusing on the need
to resume peace talks between the Israeli government and the Palestinian
Authority of Abbas.
The Palestinians reiterated their core
demand, that Israel withdraw its forces from the Occupied Palestinian
Territories, and establish a border with Palestine on the 1967 armistice
border. Around 500,000 Israelis live in settlements on Palestinian land
east of the 1967 border, with a growing number of these settlements
being established in the Jordan Valley by displacing indigenous
Palestinian residents from their land.
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