Ya'alon slams PM for suggesting Jordan Valley evacuations

May 17, 2011 14:52


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Deputy Prime Minister Moshe Ya'alon slammed Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Tuesday over his speech at the summer session opening in the Knesset yesterday, saying Israel cannot evacuate settlements in the Jordan Valley leaving it to IDF patrols only.

Ya'alon was commenting on Netanyahu's statement that a permanent solution with the Palestinians would include "a long military presence of the IDF along the Jordan river," implying that settlements from the same area would need to be cleared.

Ya'alon stated that the Jordan Valley must remain "under Israeli sovereignty in the broadest sense of the word." The Likud minister added that a sole military presence in the area cannot be sustainable, and that the Zionist movement explicitly states that for Israeli sovereignty to exist there must be a citizen presence.

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