With Kerry’s return to the Middle East to try to push Israel into indefensible borders, in order to prove that he and Obama are not total failures, Uzi Dayan has outlined exactly why the Jordan Valley will be the sticking point for Israel.
Maj. Gen. (res.) Uzi Dayan is a former IDF deputy chief of general staff and former head of the National Security Council.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is visiting our region again. Borders are a core issue and the main component of any framework deal between us and the Palestinians, and Kerry knows that Israel has a proven right — historically and internationally — to defensible borders, either through U.N. Resolution 242 or through former U.S. President George W. Bush’s letter of recognition in 2004. Members of Bush’s own party signed the letter, which discussed America’s commitment to “secure, defensible borders, and to preserve and strengthen Israel’s capability to deter and defend itself, by itself, against any threat or possible combination of threats.”
The need for defensible borders is getting stronger. Israel is not weak, but it is small and narrow and therefore vulnerable: 70 percent of the population and 80% of our industrial manufacturing capabilities are concentrated along a narrow coastal plain controlled from the east by the hills of Judea and Samaria. Considering these geostrategic conditions, the history of hostility toward the Jewish state, the chronic lack of stability in the Middle East and the developments in recent years — the Arab winter, the Iranian nuclear threat and the unrelenting terrorism — Israel needs to have some security buffers.
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