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Jordan Valley Annexation Bill Approved by Israeli Ministerial Committee

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The Jordan Valley. Photo: Navot Miller via Wikimedia Commons. – Israel’s Ministerial Committee on Legislation on Sunday approved a bill proposed by MK Miri Regev (Likud) that would apply Israeli law to Jewish lands and communities in the Jordan Valley.

“This bill is purely motivated by diplomatic and security considerations,” Regev said, Israel Hayom reported. “Until now, the position of all Likud governments was that under any permanent agreement with the Palestinian Authority, the communities in the Jordan Valley would be transferred to the sovereignty of the State of Israel.”

The Jordan Valley has been a source of disagreement in the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict negotiations. The Palestinians have rejected Israel’s demand to maintain a security presence there following the establishment of a Palestinian state.

Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar (Likud) said, “There is a public consensus regarding Israeli sovereignty in the Jordan Valley.” But Justice Minister Tzipi Livni (Hatnuah) said, “This is an irresponsible and populist bill that seeks to tie the hands of the government and the prime minister.”

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