'Limiting sovereignty plan will encourage pressure on Israel'

Israeli military officers warn against limiting sovereignty plan, say dropping Jordan Valley could lead to heavier pressure on Israel.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Netanyahu proposes sovereignty plan September 10th 2019
Netanyahu proposes sovereignty plan September 10th 2019
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A pro-sovereignty lobby group made up of senior IDF commanders expressed alarm Tuesday at recent reports Israel might not apply sovereignty over the Jordan Valley as part of the soon-to-be released sovereignty plan.

The "Bitchonistim" movement Tuesday morning addressed a letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ahead of the July 1st deadline, which marks the first day the prime minister can introduce legislation for applying sovereignty over parts of Judea and Samaria.

The letter, signed by senior IDF officers and their counterparts in the security forces, warned that "going back at this stage would encourage increased pressure on Israel to make further withdrawals and concessions that would jeopardize the State of Israel and its security."

"This is the time we have been waiting for, this is the historic time to show leadership to all those officials lacking vision and courage - and to do the right thing: to apply sovereignty in the Jordan Valley in a broad sense and Jewish settlement in Judea and Samaria," they added.

On Monday, Galei Tzahal reported that US officials have signaled that the original plan of applying Israeli sovereignty to more than 30% of Judea and Samaria – including the Jordan Valley – is no longer under consideration.

According to the report, Israel and the US are now in talks for a more limited sovereignty plan, one which would exclude the Jordan Valley.

On Friday, Channel 12 reported that Israel had told Jordan that the sovereignty plan would not include the Jordan Valley, but would instead be limited to two or three large settlement blocs.

According to a senior PA official who spoke with Channel 12, Mossad chief Yossi Cohen’s recent visit to Jordan relayed a message to the Hashemite Kingdom that Israel will not apply sovereignty over the Jordan Valley – a major bone of contention between Israel and Jordan’s government.