Jordan Valley Head Fears Government Betrayal

Head of the Jordan Valley council losing sleep over talk of region being given to Palestinians, fears betrayal by government.

Ari Yashar,

David Elhayani losing sleep over peace talks
David Elhayani losing sleep over peace talks
Flash 90

David Elhayani, head of the Jordan Valley Regional Council, is losing sleep over fears that his region will be betrayed by the government with communities being uprooted as part of the "peace talks."

Elhayani, who has lived in the Jordan Valley since 1983, said to Arutz Sheva that even compared to the Oslo Accords era, he's never been as worried about what might happen as he is now.

In contrast to the encouragement of Jewish settlement in the Valley under previous governments to defend Israel's eastern border, Elhayani relates seeing ads now in the newspaper Haaretz placed by leftists calling for donations to a campaign against the Jordan Valley.

He notes that the government has not made strong statements against the campaign.

Elhayani's concerns appear not unfounded, as US Secretary of State John Kerry called for the removal of IDF soldiers from Judea and Samaria. On Thursday he said "if we don't end the presence of Israeli soldiers perpetually within the West may wind up with leadership that is committed to violence."

Furthermore, in September sources revealed that Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, who has been given responsibility over the peace talks with the Palestinians, was willing to pull the IDF out of the Jordan Valley.

The move undermines the position of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

A report Sunday revealed that Netanyahu ordered the construction of a security fence in the Jordan Valley to ensure an Israeli military presence in the area even in the case of a "two state solution" establishing a Palestinian state in much of Judea and Samaria.

Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas attacked the plans, saying the peace talks had "failed," and that Israeli interests in the Jordan Valley were economic instead of security-based.

Analysis has shown why the pull out of an Israeli military presence from the Jordan Valley would be utterly destructive to Israel.

Meanwhile back in June it was reported that Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon approved plans for a new PA Arab city in the Jordan Valley, giving away 2,000 dunams of Israeli land to the PA.