– by Adina Katz, World Israel News
“The Jordan Valley will always be part of Israel,” Netanyahu declared, warning that otherwise Iran will take control.
Addressing a celebration Thursday evening marking the 50th anniversary of Israel’s capture of the Jordan Valley during the Six Day War, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed that the region will remain under the Jewish state’s control.
“The Jordan Valley will always be part of Israel,” he proclaimed. “We will continue to settle it and invest in its industry and its tourism.”
“Our eastern line of defense starts here in this place, and if we were not here, Teheran and Hamastan would be; we will not allow this to happen. We see what is happening a short distance north of here when they take up a position, or try to, over the border,” the prime minister stated.
“We see what is happening a short distance north of here when they take up a position, or try to, over the border. We have a clear policy: Whoever tries to hurt us, we will hurt them. We will not tolerate trickles and if they attack us, we return fire, and this does not take a lot of time,” he said.
Former IDF Chief of Staff Yair Naveh and military expert Uzi Dayan, among others, have stressed the strategic importance of the Jordan Valley.
Netanyahu reminded his audience that the Jordan Valley was an ‘arid and yellow land” before Israel developed the area.
Stating his hope that one day it will become “ a place of peace and prosperity for all the people in the region.”
Image: The Jordan Valley. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Article source: worldisraelnews.com