Weekly Commentary: Application of Israeli Law To Jordan Valley Before Form
Dr. Aaron Lerner 3 April, 2021
There is a way for Binyamin Netanyahu to steer the ship of state out of what's
becoming a perfect storm:
Application of Israeli Law to the Jordan Valley via a voting marathon in the
Knesset before a new government is formed which includes Bennett and Saar.
#1. It is an historic move which both Saar and Bennett can easily cite to
justify joining a government which still has Netanyahu at the helm.
#2. Recent events make clear the urgent need to apply Israeli law to the
Jordan Valley. Events this weekend highlighted the recklessness of the
implicit assumption that the current Hashemite regime will remain in power
for eternity by advocates of staking Israel's security on Jordan.
Developments in the policies of the Biden Administration also make Israeli
sovereignty over the Jordan Valley an urgent matter.
#3. PM Netanyahu can justify the move as being the only way to end what has
become a perpetual cycle of elections. As Henry Kissinger noted, "Israel
has no foreign policy; it has only a domestic policy."
#4. Passing the law BEFORE formation of the government rather than AFTER is
explained by the simple fact that at this stage of the game, any politician
who stakes his future on Mr. Netanyahu honoring a promise is seen as a fool.
#5. Technical note: A Knesset vote is required since Gantz holds half the
votes in the cabinet and the Blue White ministers who would have supported
the move left Blue White before the elections and are no longer ministers.
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