The Jordan Valley Is Crucial to Israeli Security

Dec. 10 2019

Benjamin Netanyahu has more than once said that, if given another term as prime minister, he would apply Israeli law to the Jordan Valley—raising a predictable hue and cry. Responding to those among Netanyahu’s critics who argue that this area must inevitably be part of a future Palestinian state, Amir Avivi writes:

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More about: Israeli Security, Jordan, Jordan Valley, Peace Process

 

Israeli Sovereignty Would Free Residents of the West Bank from Ottoman Law

To its opponents, the change in the legal status of certain areas of Judea and Samaria is “annexation;” to its proponents, it is the “extension of sovereignty” or the “application of Israeli law.” Naomi Khan argues that the last term best captures the practical implications of the measures in question. Since the Six-Day War, the Jewish state has continued to uphold the Ottoman legal system in areas of the West Bank under its jurisdiction—despite the fact that the Ottoman empire ceased to exist in 1922; “annexation” would end this situation. Setting aside the usual questions of foreign policy, security, and the possibility of Palestinian statehood, Khan argues that this change would be the one most felt by those who live there:

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More about: Annexation, Israeli law, Ottoman Empire, Palestinian Authority, West Bank