Settlers claim only control of West Bank mountain ridge can guarantee Israel’s security 25May11 May 26, 2011

MEMO-Middle East Monitor -  25 May 2011

Israeli settlers in the West Bank have rejected President Obama’s May 22nd remarks to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference, stressing that Israel’s control over the Jordan Valley and the West Bank’s mountain ridge is the only way to provide security for Israel.

Israeli media sources reported that Danny Dayan, the chairman of the Yesha Settler Council, expressed his complete rejection of Obama’s remarks to the AIPAC on Sunday, in which he stated that any negotiations should lead to the establishment of a Palestinian state within pre-1967 borders, “with mutually agreed swaps” and in a way that guarantees the security of Israel.

Dayan asserted that returning to the 1967 borders could not provide security for Israelis stating that “No border based on the ’67 lines – with or without corrections, with or without the blocs – is defensible. If a PLO state is created, there will be contiguous Muslim territory from Afghanistan to Kfar Saba,” he said.

“Only the River Jordan, the Jordan Valley and the Judea and Samaria mountain ridge can provide security for Israel,” he added.

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