Jordan Valley, Palestinian Territories
US National Security Advisor John Bolton in Israel
WHAT ARE THE ISRAELIS SAYING?
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would listen to the U.S. plan, but restated his long-held position that his country must retain a presence in the Jordan Valley, the strategic and fertile easternmost strip of the Israeli-occupied West Bank that borders Jordan.
"We'll hear the American proposition, hear it fairly and with openness. And I cannot understand how the Palestinians, before they even heard the plan, reject it outright," Netanyahu said on Sunday.
"Under any peace agreement our position will be that Israel's presence should continue here, for Israel's security and for the security of all," he said. Palestinians say that the Jordan Valley, nearly 30 per cent of the West Bank, would be a vital part of their future state, as the breadbasket of the West Bank and its external border with Jordan.
Pictured: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looks on during a military helicopter flight above the Jordan Valley in the West Bank June 23, 2019 Abir Sultan/Pool via REUTERS