Published On: Mon, Dec 30th, 2013

Israel Will Annex 93 % of the Palestinian West Bank

Christof Lehmann (nsnbc), – On Sunday, 29 December, Israel’s Ministerial Committee on Legislation approved a bill to annex the Jordan Valley of Palestine’s occupied West Bank. The bill shall ensure that the region remains within Israeli sovereignty even if an agreement with Palestine is reached under the ongoing, US-facilitated, talks or any other agreement in the future. A closer look reveals that there is nothing new in the proposed bill, and that neither of the two major Palestinian factions are likely to respond by implementing a policy that is consistent with the liberation of Palestine.

KERRY_LIVNI_EREKATThe bill has been proposed by Member of Israel’s Parliament (Knesset) Miri Regev and has been supported by eight Ministers from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party, Yisrael Beitenu and Habayit Hayehudi, reports the Israeli news agency y-net. The sponsor of the bill, Miri Regev, is a former Brigadier General of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and a former military spokeswoman. The y-net news agency quotes Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar as saying:

“There is no divide between settlement and security. The Jordan Valley is consensus for the citizens of Israel. Never mind – let them know the Jordan Valley will be Israeli under any final agreement”. 

The bill has been appealed by Israeli Justice Minister Tzipni Livni, Finance Minister Yair Lapid, and Science and Technology Minister Yaakov Peri, reports y-net. The news agency quotes Justice Minister Tzipni Livni as saying:

“I have no respect for the proposal and its backers who are weakening themselves. By supporting this bill you are essentially giving up on the government’s authority to make decisions on important issues. … The government is tying its hands and the hands of the Prime Minister. … A profound debate must be held on such issues. You can’t ratify such populist proposals… which cause great damage to the State of Israel and render it isolated in the world”. 

Y-net quotes Science and Technology Minister Yaakov Peri as saying that the bill was provocative and “proposed to gain publicity, and nothing else”. Y-net quotes the Palestinian chief negotiator, Dr. Saeb Erekat, as saying that the approval of the bill is destroying the efforts of US Secretary of State, John Kerry, to advance the peace process.

Plans for Permanent Annexation of 93 % of West Bank - Meanwhile, it is worth noticing that independent media and analysts have reported about Israeli plans to permanently annex the Jordan Valley and other parts of the Palestinian West Bank, as well as East Jerusalem and the Israeli occupied Syrian Golan along with parts of Southern Lebanon for a very long time. To mention but a few examples of reports in independent media:

Both major Palestinian Factions controlled by foreign Interests – It is also worth noticing, that readers of independent media, as compared to readers of corporate, state, party, and foundation funded media worldwide, including Palestine, will be aware of the fact that both of the major Palestinian factions, the Fatah of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, and the Hamas faction led by Khaled Mashal, are strongly influenced by foreign interests. Both have been playing into the hands of the Zionist and Western neo-colonialist agenda. To mention but a few of the reports:

The so-called Security Cooperation between the Fatah and Mahmoud Abbas led Palestinian Authority is, in other words, an instrument for the control, incarceration or assassination of any opposition which threatens the status quo.

The status quo is the controlling, of any genuine, popular resistance, against the long planned, jointly implemented colonization of the Palestinian West Bank, East Jerusalem, the Israeli occupied Syrian Golan, and parts of Southern Lebanon.

Jordan Valley Annexation Bill an Embarrassment, more than a Security Concern – When Israel’s Justice Minister Tzipni Livni responded to the bill that authorized the permanent annexation of the Jordan Valley, by saying:

“I have no respect for the proposal and its backers who are weakening themselves. By supporting this bill you are essentially giving up on the government’s authority to make decisions on important issues. .You can’t ratify such populist proposals… which cause great damage to the State of Israel and render it isolated in the world”. 

her true concern is not that it would violate international law to annex any part of the occupied territories under any circumstance. Livni’s concern, is that the bill weakens the government, which is successfully implementing precisely the same policy but with one difference.

It is done with the business as usual security cooperation approach, and without stirring up so much public, international outrage, that the step by step colonization, in cooperation with the USA, the EU, and the foreign controlled factions within Hamas and Fatah become too much of an embarrassment.

If things were to go according to the plans of the likes of Livni et al., it would be much wiser first to sign an agreement that allows an Israeli and/or US presence in the Jordan Valley until the subversion of Syria succeeds.

After that, the presence of Israeli troops can be justified because of the “terrorism threat” from the very al-Qaeda in Syria, which the USA and Israel, along with Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey have been supporting since 2011.

Meanwhile, there is ample time to construct so many “settlements” in the Jordan Valley, that the world will ultimately be confronted with the fait accompli.

Ch/L-nsnbc 30.12.2013

About the Author

- Dr. Christof Lehmann is the founder and editor of nsnbc. He is a psychologist and independent political consultant on conflict and conflict resolution and a wide range of other political issues. His work with traumatized victims of conflict has led him to also pursue the work as political consultant. He is a lifelong activist for peace and justice, human rights, Palestinians rights to self-determination in Palestine, and he is working on the establishment of international institutions for the prosecution of all war crimes, also those committed by privileged nations. On 28 August 2011 he started his blog nsnbc, appalled by misrepresentations of the aggression against Libya and Syria. In March 2013 he turned nsnbc into a daily, independent, international on-line newspaper. He can be contacted at nsnbc international at nsnbc.wordpress@gmail.com

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  1. Ironsides says:

    After all that the Palestinians have been through since WWII, it now seems that their own people have betrayed them, since Arafat’s death.

    So now, Israel is going to take over Syria and Lebanon? Isn’t Santa-Clause just so gooooooood to those BANK-MOB ZIONISTS and their evangelical worshippers!

    • Betty Benson says:

      I’m glad that you have tied the Zionists and their evangelical worshippers together. Their malignant presence in American politics is destroying America. Unless American citizens can join together and get them out of our government, and the Palestinian people work to get rid of their influence in their own affairs, we are all doomed.

  2. John Hyracanus says:

    Their is no Palestinian people to speak of. It is a made-up political term. Before 1948 these “Palestinians” thought of themselves as Syrians; Israel had been thought of as Southern Syria in the Ottoman Empire.

    • I’m not going to bother myself with giving you a history lesson. I see you haven’t read history in other than books rather than archives, or you try to distort it. In either case, a waste of time to lecture you here. More important is the structure of your argument.

      Let us assume you are an Israeli, and I use your form of argumentation.

      “Israel ceased to exist when it was overrun by the Roman Empire. I’m Italian, and I’m telling you, Israel is nothing but a made-up political term, and as country, it is even questionable from a theological perspective”.. We (the Romans) won. Besides that, we struck a deal with the EU to drag the US into a worl war, and we promised our financier to establish something called Palestine there. No place for an Israel, (but Jews are as welcome as they always were because I am not as racist as the Zionists)..

      Summa Summarum!! I have the right to neglect international law, drop bombs on your head, and use any form of human rights abuses I like to, ethnic cleansing, terrorism against UN officials, use of heavy military weaponry in densely populated areas, stealing water and gas resources, imposing an illegal blockade..”.

      Anyone can see what that kind of argument is leading to. The problem is, that too many have been indoctrinated to repeat the B.S. instead of using their own, more, or less existent capacity to reason.

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