My first post possibly condemning Obama: Leasing the Jordan Valley
[update] This story seems to have evaporated. I had great doubts about it at the time. I am glad it looks like another rumor from the smear mill.
There are reports in jpost and other Israeli news services that the Obama administration has proposed as an incentive to the Palestinians, that Israel should cede the Jordan valley and East Jerusalem to the PA, and then lease it back for seven years.
For the record, I have doubts that this is true, since it is not front page news everywhere in Israel, and this is reported from “government sources” as part of “secret negotiations.” Also, I doubt it is true, since, with the exception of the first Jpost article - which was surprisingly short for something that would be such a big deal if it had weight - the people making noise about it are all pretty right wing (many of them are certified nuts) and have been known to get some facts wrong before.
I certainly pray this isn’t true.
If you believe the stories, the PM has already agreed to the idea in principle, but is currently dickering over the length of the lease.
If this is true, I can only conclude that the president has gone completely delusional and utterly divorced himself from the realities of the situation - and that somehow or another the PM is going along. For certain, the PA is already making all the noises about backing out of negotiations - and this smacks of a certain desperation. Glick speculates that the PM is going along with the Obama administration proposal, because he knows the PA is gearing up to walk out, so the PM can tell the president how much he tried.
I have no idea.
However, let’s entertain the idea that the reports are true for a moment. The Jordan valley is the key to taking Jerusalem and cutting Israel in half. If Israel gives up that land, the nation becomes indefensible. It is suicide to consider.
Politically, it is suicide to consider as well since it basically proclaims that core Jewish land that is at the heart of Jewish identity and history somehow belongs to someone else.
It doesn’t. If you don’t believe that God gave it to us, or that our history means anything, then, in the present, the Jordanians de facto gave it to us when their occupation ended and you can believe that the cost of driving back Arab armies through that valley, paid for in Jewish blood, makes it ours.
Germany isn’t getting East Prussia back and Mexico isn’t getting California and Texas back either.
There is also the issue that the Western Wall and the Temple are in East Jerusalem.
Historically, there is also the issue that the PLO and now the PA has yet to live up to any substantive promise that they have made outside of a few crack downs on “terrorists” who are almost immediately released soon after (unless they are enemies of the PA, at which point they are either just shot or traded with rival Arab groups).
Any claims that violence from the West Bank have gone down must include that it was the wall that stemmed the tide - not any action of the PA.
But the question is, if this is true, on what delusional planet did Obama think this was a good idea? If this is true, he is living in a dream world where if somehow the Israelis just expose their throat and abandon their national identity enough, their foes will become appeased and all will be well.
Like I said, I pray this is not true.
If it is, we have another Carter on our hands as far as the Mideast is concerned.
And isn’t that great then - teabags to the right of us and moonbats to the left.
It’s enough to make a Jew pray for our own homeland to get away from it all…