PM Netanyahu: It is not wise just to annex
[Dr. Aaron Lerner - IMRA: PM Netanyahu cites American recognition of Israeli
sovereignty over the Golan Heights. It should be noted that American
recognition came 38 YEARS after Israel wisely applied Israeli sovereignty
over the Golan WITHOUT waiting for American recognition of the move.]
"The second opportunity is to finally determine our eastern border, to apply
Israeli law on the Jordan Valley and to do so with international
recognition, i.e. American recognition. It is not wise just to annex, even
though this is an important step which, to my regret, is impossible for a
transitional government. For a future government, of whatever kind, it is
possible. This is a legal restriction. However, it is not enough.
Just as I wanted American recognition for our sovereignty over the Golan
Heights, I want American recognition for our sovereignty over the Jordan
Valley. This is important. It has been said that we did not formally discuss
the plan; true, it has not yet come up. But the subject has been discussed.
I have raised it with Secretary of State Pompeo and I intend to raise it
before the Trump administration. The time has come to apply Israeli
sovereignty over the Jordan Valley and to also arrange the status of all
Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, those within the blocs and those
not within the blocs. They will be part of the State of Israel."
Excerpts from PM Netanyahu's Remarks to the Makor Rishon Economic, Society
and Innovation Conference in Jerusalem 8 December, 2019
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