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The American negotiators involved in the current round of “peace talks” for Israel and the Palestinian Arabs are pressuring Israeli leaders to speak out publicly in support of the U.S. positions regarding Israel’s security, according to recent Israeli media reports.

In an Israeli channel 2 news report, political correspondent Amit Segal explained that Amb. Martin Indyk, the U.S. Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations, and his team have been meeting with many Israeli military leaders, trying to convince them that the U.S. security plans for the Jordan Valley are good for Israel.

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Indyk reportedly told the Israelis, essentially, that “if you support” the American position on Israeli security regarding the Jordan Valley, then “go to the media and be interviewed because they have the impression that the Israeli public has doubts about” the American plan.

One of the names mentioned in the news report was Maj. Gen. (Res.) Avi Mizrachi, who was the head of the Israeli Central Command from October, 2009 until March, 2012.

Mizrahi has already publicly stated his position that he is convinced Israeli forces must remain in the Jordan Valley. Those forces must be present in order to prevent a missile threat from foreign controlled – including Palestinian Arab – territories, as well as to bar the transfer from across the border of explosives, equipment or people who could be used in terrorist attacks.

Israel cannot trust an international force, even an American one, for the existential security of the Jewish State.

Mizrachi reportedly told the American negotiators that he sees two central flaws in the U.S. plan.  First, the troops to guard the Jordan Valley must be Israeli troops, not American soldiers.  Secondly, the guards must be stationed in the Jordan Valley for 50 years, not the 10 years proposed in the American plan.

The sense conveyed by Segal was the Israelis understood the “diplomatic initiative” by the U.S. to be an effort to convince the Israeli public that they should support the American proposal, even if the Israeli government does not.

Here is a video of the Channel 2 report, captured, translated and subtitled by the ECI, and reported in the Washington Free Beacon.

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Lori Lowenthal Marcus is a contributor to the JewishPress.com. A graduate of Harvard Law School, she previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools. You can reach her by email: Lori@JewishPressOnline.com

22 COMMENTS

  1. Israel should stand firm on their commitment to defend itself. I still do not know what the PA is giving up? I also want to know is the US getting the PA to concede that Israel has a right to exist. Meanwhile murderers are going free and Iran is doing whatever they want too. Great job our government is doing on the Middle East front.

  2. The entire gang of them (except the Israelis, of course!) Should head in! The world is totally against the wonderful, successful country of Israel… they should all remember that so very much good towards the entire world is totally thanks to this little country. Shalom and peace! MSM

  3. ARE OBAMA AND HIS VARIOUS APPOINTED IDIOTS BOUND AND DETERMINED TO BRING THE WRATH OF GOD DOWN ON AMERICA?? THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF WE DON'T STOP THIS DISASTROUS PUSH TO MAKE ISRAEL DO OUR BIDDING IN RELATION TO THE SO-CALLED PALESTINIANS. GOD SAID HE WOULD BLESS THOSE THAT BLESSED ISRAEL AND CURSE THOSE THAT CURSED ISRAEL. DO U REALLY THINK THIS COVENANT IS NO LONGER VALID?? HOW MANY OTHER PEOPLE DO U KNOW THAT HAVE BECOME A NATION AGAIN AFTER 2000 YEARS?? JUST AN ACCIDENT U SAY?? GOD IS ALIVE AND WELL. HIS PEOPLE ISRAEL ARE ALIVE AND WELL. IF U DON;T BELIEVE IN JESUS….IF U DON'T BELIEVE IN THE BIBLE…..READ SECULAR HISTORY THEN COMPARE IT TO PROPHECY IN THE OLD TESTAMENT. BY SECULAR HISTORY PROPHECY IS 100% ACCURATE TO DATE. THEREFORE, WHY WOULDN'T THOSE THINGS FORETOLD THAT HAVE NOT COME TO PASS NOT BE BELIEVABLE??? I'M JUST SAYING…………

  4. Obama is an enemy of Israel. When he say's he has Israel's back, check to see if he is holding a knife. He is a Moslem.
    Indyk is a court Jew. His loyalty is to Obama and not his fellow Jew's. In fact, he is not even a good American.

  5. Israel, do NOT allow this plan to go through, unless you want to end the exsitance of your country. I am an American and there is NO reason for our soliders to guard the Jordan Valley.. Our current administration hates Israel and does NOT have her best interests in mind. We have unfortunately elected a muslim to run America. Real America (not as reported via media) Does NOT like obama.

  6. Bibi must not trusst Obama nor Indyk.
    They are no friends of Israel. They want Israel to disappear and hand it all to those savage bastard murderers,
    Why did Amerisan Jews vote for this Jew hating Mulsim into the White House?
    Surely, you should have known who and what he is.
    Now, Israel is paying the price for the ignorance of the American Jews.
    Stop Obama and Kerry from trying to destroy our beloved Jewish homeland

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