A critical issue in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations is the future of the Jordan Valley. Watch this video to learn why Israel cannot withdraw from the area and rely on international forces.
“We don’t want to see rockets and missiles streaming into a Palestinian state and placed on the hills above Tel Aviv and the hills encircling Jerusalem. If Israel does not maintain a credible military and security presence in the Jordan Valley for the foreseeable future, this is exactly what could happen again.”
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Source: Speech at JFNA GA, Nov. 8, 2010
Frequently Asked Questions about International Forces
Why International Peacekeepers Cannot Replace the IDF
"Looking around to the Middle
East, there is one democracy, stabilized, which is able to defend itself, by itself. No
need to deploy either American troops or others in order to defend Israel."
Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon
Source: Speech to Washington Institute, June 14, 2013
“We cannot count on a foreign force to do the work along the border with Jordan.”
Maj. Gen. Nitzan Alon, head of IDF Central Command
Source: Interview in YNet, September 18, 2013
International Forces: Ineffective and Unreliable
Should Israel withdraw its military from the Jordan Valley and rely on international forces for its security? Some politicians and diplomats around the world say yes. But 70 percent of Israelis say no.
The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) on patrol in southern Lebanon. Since the war in 2006 ended, UNIFIL has watched Hizbullah rearm. (Photo credit: UN)