Just before the last elections, Netanyahu made an earth shattering announcement, dramatically unveiling his promise to annex the Jordan Valley if elected. On the one hand, the statement was clearly a political move to garner votes in what turned out to be a very tight election. However, Netanyahu is generally known as a politician who keeps his word, especially when making such a dramatic and emphatic promise.
After the elections, Netanyahu was given the first chance to form a government, but failed. Benny Gantz, who is currently trying to form a government, is also strongly supportive of the Jordan Valley staying a part of Israel. If he succeeds in forming a coalition government (which is doubtful), there’s no physical reason why he cannot follow through on Netanyahu’s promise to apply sovereignty.
Just this week, activists from the Sovereignty Movement hung banners throughout Israel and along major roads with Netanyahu’s and Gantz’s photos, along with their quotes of support for the Jordan Valley.
The banner with Netanyahu’s photo included his quote saying “I will apply sovereignty in the Jordan Valley”. A banner with Gantz’s photo quoted him as saying “The Jordan Valley must and will remain an indivisible part of the State of Israel.”
It has been proven time and time again how invaluable the Jordan Valley, and all of Judea and Samaria are to Israel’s security, identity, transportation needs, and incredible history. The time has come for sovereignty. This year, the Jordan Valley – next year, East Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria.