Report: Netanyahu puts Jordan Valley annexation on hold

December 25, 2019 by JNS
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cancelled a meeting of an inter-ministerial team that was deliberating the annexation of the Jordan Valley following the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) decision to launch a probe into alleged Israeli “war crimes” against the Palestinians, Ynet reported on Tuesday.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a statement to the press after a security cabinet meeting following the escalation of violence in with the Gaza Strip, in Tel Aviv on Nov. 12, 2019. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90.

The meeting was supposed to take place over the past weekend but was cancelled at the last minute after ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda announced the plans on Friday for the broad investigation against Israel, said sources quoted in the report.

Netanyahu had announced in September that he planned to establish sovereignty in the Jordan Valley if his Likud Party would win the elections.

“Because of the prosecutor’s decision in the Hague, the issue of the Jordan Valley annexation will be put on a long hold,” said one government source, according to Ynet.

Netanyahu on Sunday slammed International Criminal Court Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda for announcing her organization’s intention to conduct a broad investigation of Israel for “war crimes,” calling the announcement “absurd” and accusing the ICC of having become a weapon in the hands of Israel’s enemies.

“While we are moving forward in new areas of hope and peace with our Arab neighbours, the ICC in The Hague has taken a step backwards,” said Netanyahu.

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One Response to “Report: Netanyahu puts Jordan Valley annexation on hold”
  1. Eion Isaac says:

    The movement of the Jewish people to Judea and Samaria after 1967 was quite slow at first and a Reaction to the Three no’s of the Arab League at Khartoum in Sudan in 1970 – no recognition of Israel no negotiations no peace .
    After the shock of the Yom Kippur War 1973 Labour in Israel lost its reputation as being the security party and the political power of the Begin with the anti corruption good government centrists like Yigal Yadin General of the War of Independence and great archeologist governed with the Menachem Begin Herut party the core of Likud today .
    Strong Local Autonomy was the doctrine for Judea and Samaria for the Arabic Peoples – limited settlement .
    The Sharon led War in Lebanon was regarded as good to expel the Farah Terror but very bad because of heavy civilian loss and the Labour more dovish way gained more- strengthened greatly by the the USSR giving up on communism .
    Oslo failed and in 2000 Fatah rejected a State in 90% of Judea and Samaria and launched vile murder -suicide attacks on the Jewish people which Hamas did also in 1996 killing peace for generations .
    Current view :Security by the IDF over Judea and Samaria
    Autonomy for Arabic Groups that eschew violence annexation unnecessary Jewish People allowed some rights to live in their ancient homeland more for security strengthening but also as an inalienable right for Jewish People after the Shoah and Continuing Rejection by powerful Fanatical War Party Islam always emerging eg now Iran clear with the Iranian Leadership last speeches admiring Holocaust Deniers .

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