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December 9, 2013 10:54 am

IDF General: No Possibility of Army Withdrawal From Jordan Valley

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IDF forces training in the Jordan Valley. Photo: IDF.

JNS.orgAgainst the backdrop of a U.S. security plan which includes the gradual withdrawal of Israeli forces from the Jordan Valley as part of a permanent peace deal with the Palestinians, Maj. Gen. Nitzan Alon—head of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Central Command—met Sunday with the heads of the Yesha Council, which represents communities in Judea and Samaria, and attempted to allay their concerns about the plan.

Alon referred to the rumored U.S. plan as “an unhatched egg,” and told the group the IDF intends to maintain its presence in the Jordan Valley, Israel Hayom reported. He also said the Israeli military has been able to convince the American envoys—including recently retired Marine Corps Gen. John Allen, the author of the U.S. plan—of its position.

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