Torrential rains and heavy snow were not the only forms of precipitation to
strike the Jewish state last week, leaving the country gripped with fear and
trepidation. Adding insult to injury, US Secretary of State John Kerry decided
to pay yet another visit to the region, this time to hurl a wad of New England
spit upon one of Israel’s most basic and essential security
According to various press reports, Kerry put forward a proposal
under which Israel would forgo sovereignty over the Jordan Valley and instead
maintain a security presence in the area for 10 to 15 years, one that would
ostensibly be bolstered by various technological gizmos designed to enhance
Of all the dumb and dangerous designs to emerge from the
depths of the US State Department, Kerry’s latest scheme is one of the more
dreadful duds in recent memory.
To begin with, take a quick glance at a
map and you will see that the Jordan Valley effectively serves as Israel’s
buffer to the east, a line of defense against any potential threat emanating
from over the horizon.
Anything less than full Israeli sovereignty and
complete military control over the area would expose the rest of the country and
place it at the mercy of potentially hostile forces or terrorist
The absence of a robust IDF presence in the Jordan Valley would
virtually guarantee an unending wave of arms-smuggling and infiltration into
Israel’s heartland, transforming Tel Aviv and the coastal plain into a tempting
and easy target.
Indeed, it is difficult to comprehend how Kerry was able
to present his plan to Israel regarding border security with a straight face,
given the fact that the US itself has been unable to safeguard its own southern
border with Mexico.
DOES KERRY really expect Israel to bet its future and
existence by relying on surveillance technology? As anyone who once owned shares
of Research in Motion, the maker of Blackberry, knows all too well, today’s
hi-tech quickly becomes tomorrow’s low-tech.
Gadgets might make fine
Christmas gifts, but they are no answer to a country’s security
Look at Israel’s experience with the Philadelphi Corridor between
the southern end of the Gaza Strip and the Sinai Peninsula. After the IDF pulled
out of the area in 2005, the corridor became a virtual free-for-all, with Hamas
building dozens of tunnels that were used to smuggle men and munitions with
There is simply no substitute for a full and hardy Israeli
military presence on the ground, one that is capable of patrolling the Jordan
Valley freely, unencumbered and unrestricted.
Yitzhak Rabin understood
this well. Addressing the Knesset on October 5, 1995, just one month before his
assassination, Rabin went out of his way to emphasize the importance of the
Jordan Valley to Israel’s security.
“The security border of the State of
Israel,” he said, “will be located in the Jordan Valley, in the broadest meaning
of that term.”
Last month, at a meeting of the Israeli cabinet on
November 3, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu made a similar statement,
declaring that Israel must retain its “security border” in the Jordan Valley in
any final agreement with the Palestinians.
And according to various media
reports, even the Jordanian leadership wants the area to remain under Israeli
control, as King Abdullah II is said to fear an influx of Palestinian Arabs into
his kingdom, which already has a large Palestinian majority.
observers have suggested that perhaps international forces stationed in the
Jordan Valley could provide a solution, but this too is a
History has shown that when the going gets tough,
multinational forces in the Middle East often go soft, failing to perform even
the most minimal of functions, such as UNIFIL in Lebanon which has neither
disarmed Hezbollah nor prevented it from attacking the Jewish
Simply put, Israel must be able to protect itself, by itself and
for itself. No ifs, ands or buts.
Moreover, the Jordan Valley is home to
more than 10,000 pioneering Israelis who live in over 20 Jewish communities
spread throughout the area. They cannot and must not be uprooted or expelled
from their homes. After all, any “peace” which requires the eviction of Jews
from their homes is neither just nor sustainable.
The Jordan Valley is
part of our ancestral homeland, and no human power has the right to try and take
it away. Fortunately, it appears that the Palestinians swiftly and completely
rejected Kerry’s proposal, since they refuse to countenance the presence of a
single Jew in territory they wish to control.
Hence, for the ninth time
since becoming Secretary of State 10 months ago, John Kerry visited Israel and
was forced to leave empty-handed.
With a track record like that, his Sky
Miles account is coming to resemble a Frequent Failure Program, one with no
perks or rewards, but plenty of turbulence. As Syria continues to implode, US
relations with Russia grow sour, an Afghan security pact remains unsigned, and
nuclear North Korea descends still further into irrationality, it seems about
time that Mr. Kerry turn his attention elsewhere and stopped trying to twist
Israel’s arm or compel it to capitulate.
We know quite well how to handle
our own security, thank you very much, and can do without your imprudent and
So please, Secretary Kerry, do the world and
especially Israel a favor. Take your flights of fantasy, and failure, somewhere
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