Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is steadily working to advance three directives he maintains are vital to ensure both the national security and future of the Jewish State.
The final cabinet meeting of his incumbent-government was convened in the Jordan Valley just ahead tomorrow’s national parliamentary elections, where the Israeli leader once again reiterated his plan to assert Jerusalem’s sovereignty over the West Bank district that he and many in Israel’s security establishment believe is necessary to provide the strategic depth imperative for the IDF to protect the country’s northern gateway. Netanyahu told his ministers that if reelected, “We will apply this sovereignty immediately upon the formation of the next government, in the next Knesset.” He added that the territory “is not only the eastern gate of the State of Israel; it is a defensive wall from the east because the Jordan Valley, together with the areas that control it, which will be part of the State of Israel, ensure that the IDF will be here forever.”
A second component of Netanyahu’s vision is the extension of Israeli sovereignty over the Jewish settlement-blocs situated within the remaining disputed districts of the West Bank, including the Biblical territories of Judea and Samaria. The Prime Minister insists that this plan is part of U.S. President Donald Trump’s so-called “Deal of the Century” regional peace accord set to be unveiled shortly after the Israeli national elections.
The Premier also revealed a third “main component” he says is essential “for coming generations to ensure our future.” After revealing that “Over the weekend, I spoke with my friend President Trump,” Netanyahu said the two “agreed to advance an historic defensive alliance” between their nations during their upcoming meeting at the United Nations General Assembly. Calling it “historic” because “it adds a powerful component of deterrence against our enemies, alongside maintaining the ability to act, and freedom of action, of our forces,” Netanyahu said ” On this we will always insist, and it will always be in this defensive agreement – just as it has entered into the other defensive agreements.”
According to a message U.S. President Donald Trump wrote on his Twitter account on Saturday night, he and Netanyahu have held telephone discussions on a plan to establish a ‘mutual defense treaty’ between Washington and Jerusalem. After confirming that the two leaders hope to meet shortly after Israel’s elections at the annual opening of the United Nations General Assembly later this month, also described the referred-to ‘treaty’ as an additional anchor between two closely-allied nations.