Sa'ar: Jordan Valley vital to Israel's strategic depth

By YASSER OKBI
January 2, 2014 12:18

 
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During a tour with lawmakers through the Jordan Valley on Thursday, Interior Minister Gideon Sa'ar said that "only [an Israeli presence] here will ensure strategic depth."

At a ceremony unveiling the cornerstone for a new neighborhood in the West Bank settlement of Moshav Gitit, Sa'ar said it was imperative for security reasons that Israel hold onto the Jordan Valley in any future peace arrangement with the Palestinian Authority.

"The fundamental question is where will the border for the State of Israel run," the interior minister said. "Will it run [in the Jordan Valley] or will it be adjacent to Netanya and Kfar Sava? If we end up without the Jordan Valley, we will be a country without any strategic depth."

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