Netanyahu: We have a historic opportunity

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Netanyahu: We have a historic opportunity
PM discusses call with Donald Trump on plans to apply sovereignty to Jordan Valley. 'Things we could have only dreamed of are happening.'
Nitzan Keidar, 02/12/19
PM Netanyahu in Ashkelon.

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday participated in a ceremony marking the laying of a cornerstone in Ashkelon. The ceremony marked the beginning of construction of 12 new factories in Ashkelon's Industrial Zone. Attending the ceremony were Economy Minister Eli Cohen (Likud), Ashkelon Mayor Tomer Glam, and the owners of the twelve factories to be built. The factories will provide residents of Ashkelon and nearby localities with another 1,000 jobs.

"We are facing challenges in many areas and on many fronts, and sometimes the price is too heavy to pay, but we rise to the challenge," Netanyahu said at the ceremony. "We are turning the State of Israel into a world power." He added: "There will be no long-term agreement with Gaza as long as the rocket fire continues. We will put an end to it - that is our policy. We are doing that in a very forceful way. You've seen our actions over the last few weeks. I'm telling you that always, including in recent days, we have surprising operational plans - even more surprising than what you've seen. We will not put up with the 'drizzle' of rockets, we will work to end it."

"Residents of Ashkelon, the Gaza border region, and southern Israel deserve exactly the same quiet as the rest of Israel's citizens deserve. We are working to bring complete quiet, and that will only come through the strength and deterrence of the IDF and our security forces. We are always working to improve our plans, and apparently the entrepreneurs, civilians, and contractors building here understand and feel that - and I assume our enemies are also internalizing a lot of what I'm saying right now - and if necessary, they will internalize it even more."

Noting his recent conversation with US President Donald Trump, Netanyahu said: "I spoke yesterday with President Trump - it was a very important conversation for Israel's security. We spoke about Iran, but we also spoke at length about the historic opportunities which we have in the coming months. Among them is making the Jordan Valley Israel's recognized eastern border, as well as a defense treaty with the US. These are things we could only have dreamed about before now, but now we have an opportunity to make them happen."

"I therefore offered [Blue and White Chairman MK] Benny Gantz a proposal - let's utilize these historic opportunities in a unity government we'll form now, in accordance with the plan I offered. I went very far with this offer, because we need to utilize these opportunities. We don't need new elections, right now we need to form this government for the sake of Israel's security, and the State of Israel, and the future of Israel."

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/272579
 

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Netanyahu wants to stay in office only to annex Jordan Valley, Likud claims
Latest offer from PM’s party would see him leave post to Gantz within six months; minister says it aims to take advantage of ‘rare opportunity’ of tacit US backing for annexation
By TOI staff
2 December 2019

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seeking to serve as premier first in a rotational government with rival party Blue and White for only as long as it takes him to make good on a promise to annex the West Bank’s Jordan Valley, his party said Monday. The Likud and Blue and White parties have been locked in unsuccessful unity talks with the country steadily slipping toward a third round of elections. Likud has insisted that Netanyahu go first in a rotational deal, even for only a few months, but Blue and White has stuck to its promise not to join a government led by a prime minister under indictment.

Netanyahu in September vowed that if reelected he would immediately annex the Jordan Valley, a swath of land linking the West Bank to Jordan that Israel sees as a vital security asset, in what was widely seen in Israel as a bid to attract support from right-wing voters. According to a report in the Israel Hayom daily on Monday, a rotational deal offered by Likud would allow Netanyahu to remain in office for six months in order to push through the annexation of Jordan Valley, after which he would step aside to fight bribery and fraud charges.

A Likud source told the paper, widely seen as a mouthpiece for Netanyahu, that Blue and White would not see a better deal. According to Israel Hayom, after Netanyahu stepped aside, Gantz would assume the premiership for a year and a half before returning the position to Likud. Netanyahu and other Likud officials have touted the possible annexation of West Bank territories claimed by the Palestinians, citing tacit support from US President Donald Trump’s administration. Discussion of the matter has sparked fierce international condemnation, including an angry response from Jordan amid a nadir in ties between the two countries.

While Blue and White also supports annexation of the Jordan Valley, it has not said it would move ahead with it unilaterally. Environmental Protection Minister Ze’ev Elkin confirmed the Likud offer to the Kan public broadcaster. “Understand that the process [of annexation] requires tacit agreement from the Americans. There is currently a rare opportunity that we cannot miss,” he said. “There are two options. We can let Blue and White push us into elections again or we can try to reach an understanding. We are ready to go far,” he continued. “It makes no sense for Blue and White not to accept the offer — we will [regardless] continue in power for another six months if there is an election.”

Blue and White has said it was willing to form a government with Likud, but only if Netanyahu steps down as leader. The party reportedly fears Netanyahu would use his time as premier in a rotational government to push through an immunity package and avoid criminal prosecution. Late last month, Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit announced that Netanyahu would be charged with criminal wrongdoing in three cases against him, including bribery in the far-reaching Bezeq corruption probe. However, due to the current political deadlock it will probably take several months before Mandelblit can even formally file the charges in court. If no unity government is formed, new elections are expected to be called for sometime in March, the third in under a year.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/netanyahu-wants-to-stay-in-office-only-to-annex-jordan-valley-likud-claims/
 

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I sure hope Israel gets their act together and doesn't let it pass them by. :pray
 
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