Bibi: Border with Jordan and nice big fence and my analysis
The Palestinian leaders really don’t seem to understand that their long history of never missing an opportunity to miss an opportunity is pretty much culminating in there not being an opportunity to even miss.
Things change fast on the ground here in the Middle East but the one thing that does not change is Israel’s resolve to survive and Israel’s ability to survive as a thriving free and democratic Jewish State with equal rights for all of its citizens regardless of their religion or ethnicity.
If the Palestinians had accepted the many offers over the years to establish a Palestinian State our security would be at much greater risk. So, really, we should thank the Palestinians for their intransigence. We are now talking about the need for our border to be the Jordan River and to build a good strong fence along it.
Under the table and back channel, Jordan has asked for our help in defending their borders against the terrorist incursion by ISIS and we will help our neighbour as much as we can. However, Jordan, like all our nutty neighbours, has a significant problem of not just the enemy without but the enemy within. Given the changes on the ground in the Middle East, Netanyahu said today that we are not going to agree anything short of a border with Jordan, with the Jordan River being the dividing line, and that we need to build a nice, strong fence along that dividing line in the event that our Jordanian friends crumble from within.
Shortly before Netanyahu’s speech, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), an offshoot of al-Qaeda which has captured swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria, has declared itself an Islamic “Caliphate” and called on jihadi factions worldwide to pledge allegiance to it.
The group, that has renamed itself “Islamic State,” declared its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghadi as “Caliph” – the head of the state.
Charging that Israel could not trust other security forces – such as that of Jordan or the Palestinians – to stop the Islamist threat, Netanyahu stressed that in any future agreement with the Palestinians, “Israel will have to remain along the Jordan river for a very long period of time.”
“Our first challenge is to protect our borders. Extremist Islamic forces are knocking on our doors in the north and south and we’ve set up obstacles against them, except for in one sector,” Netanyahu said, referring to the border with Jordan.
“The first thing we must do is build a fence in the east. While the fence doesn’t stop all infilitrations, gun and rocket fire though it or over it, or the digging of tunnels, it dramatically narrows down infilitration to Israel.
“Think what would’ve happened if we didn’t have a fence on the Israeli-Egyptian border. Now it is also clear why I insist that our eastern border is along the Jordan River. We must be able to stop the waves of zealotry on the Jordan border,” he added.
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