Jordan conducts massive military exercise along Israel’s border – TV7 Israel News 03.12.19


Shalom and good evening, this is TV7 broadcast
to you from Jerusalem; And in today’s top stories;
Blue and White Chairman Benny Gantz warns that unless Israelis remember that they are
all brothers; the unyielding political discourse may denigrate into a struggle between brothers,
or even – God forbid – a civil war. The Jordanian Armed Forces held a wide-scale
military drill along its Western border with the Jewish State, in which the Hashemite Kingdom
simulated an attack on its territory from the West. Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit
formally submitted the indictment against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Jerusalem’s
Parliament Speaker Yuli Edelstein, marking the beginning of a 30-day period in which
the Israeli Premier is entitled to request immunity from prosecution. Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit
formally submitted the indictment against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Jerusalem’s
Parliament Speaker Yuli Edelstein, marking the beginning of a 30-day period in which
the Israeli Premier is entitled to request of the Parliament, or Knesset in Hebrew, to
grant him immunity from prosecution. Prime Minister Netanyahu has not indicated
whether he intends to seek immunity, and it remains unclear whether he will be able to
muster a legally required majority of at least 61 Knesset Members to do so. Meanwhile, in the Attorney General’s indictment
letter to the Knesset Speaker, Mandelblit submitted an extraordinarily long-list of
no less than 333 prosecution witnesses, which effectively ensures a extremely long trial
against the Israeli leader, even if the court in Jerusalem decides to summon only a number
of them to provide testimony on the Witness stand. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
is also facing mounting pressure from within his own Likud party, as an increased number
of Likud branch directors, mayors and deputy mayors have openly sided with Netanyahu’s
own faction rival, Gideon Saar. Supporters of Saar have openly demanded that
the issue of a party primary – which will decided the fate of Netanyahu’s leadership
over the Likud – be added to the agenda of the faction’s Central Committee meeting
that is scheduled to be held later this week, on Thursday. Turning to the growing prospects of Israel
heading to a third-unprecedented-round of national elections;
Jerusalem’s Central Elections Committee announced that it would be able to complete
its preparations for elections by the 25th of February. According to the Committee’s Director-General
Orly Ades ‘the nation-wide parliamentary elections can be held three weeks earlier
than the date that was originally anticipated – initially scheduled for March the 17th – if
the Knesset were to be dissolved as early as next week.’ It is important to note that only eight days
remain before the deadline for any Knesset Member to garner majority-support to try and
form a viable coalition, after which no option exists other than holding a third round of
elections in under a year. Meanwhile;
Former IDF Chief of Staff and Blue and White Chairperson Benny Gantz urged his rival Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to accept a compromising proposal that would spare Israel of yet another
undesirable nation-wide elections. “I understand we will have to accept compromise
proposals but not compromise charades. In order to pass compromise proposals, there
is no need to leak conversations with associates or “closed” conversations. You can talk openly. So here I call on Netanyahu, there are compromises
in life. Blue and White won the election, but we are
ready to compromise and allow us to rotate within a unity government. I will serve a two-year term while you will
be able to remain in the Likud leadership and take care of your business. I guarantee we will find a position that suits
your unique situation. One that will allow you to function and allow
you to return if you clear your name.” General Gantz further underscored, in a statement
directed toward Netanyahu, that he too understands the importance of annexing the Jordan Valley
– indicating for the first time that Blue and White considers favorably asserting Israel’s
sovereignty over the disputed territory; the most-eastern part of the so-called West Bank,
which consists out of the Jordan Valley, and the Biblical districts of Judea and Samaria. “We really face significant security challenges. Iran is based on the northern border. International Policy opportunities are evident
in our ways. The residents of the south are under fire
almost every week and it is clear that the person leading the country should be one who
can unite it from within and face an outside challenge, rather than an illegitimate transitional
government headed by a criminal suspect.” / “Our commitment to the Jordan Valley as
the security wall on the eastern border of the State of Israel has nothing to do with
the seating arrangements around the government table, but rather the security of the State
of Israel, forever and ever. Netanyahu, we both understand that. There are a few more days, stop the hourglass
and let’s talk, not about unclear suggestions, let’s talk about the outline I have presented
here clearly today.” It is important to mention that Gantz opened
his speech in a call for unity, amid a dangerous domestic discourse that even culminated in
acts of violence against groups within the country’s ethnically diverse society over
the course of the past several weeks. Gantz laid the blame for the dangerous phenomenon
on Netanyahu, and subsequently warned that unless Israelis remember that they are all
brothers; the unyielding political discourse may denigrate into a struggle between brothers,
or even – God forbid – a civil war. “The prime minister’s legal-political situation,
with three indictments, and a lack of necessary political compromises on his part, has sadly
degenerated us into a heated and violent discourse. Since entering politics, I have emphasized
that Israel is above all others, and we must not treat the resurrection of Israel as a
given. We are strong and united against our external
enemies, but the real challenge, the most crucial challenge we have to deal with is
the [internal] division and great fear – that is not baseless- of a struggle between brothers,
or God forbid a [civil] war between brothers.” There was no immediate response from Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s bureau to TV7’s request for comment. Turning now to Israel’s Eastern neighbor,
where; The Jordanian Armed Forces held a wide-scale
military drill along its Western border with the Jewish State, in which the Hashemite Kingdom
simulated an attack on its territory from the West. While the military drill, codenamed “Swords
of Karama,” did not specify who its so-called “enemy from the West” may be; the entire
Western border with Jordan stretches entirely along the state of Israel. King Abdullah the Second, alongside Prime
Minister Omar Razza among other senior officials, oversaw the military’s drill – during
which the Elite Royal Guard’s first Mechanized Battalion of the Jordanian Central Command
simulated maneuvers that included a defensive battle with the participation of numerous
fighter aircraft, with the aim of destroying the enemy’s vanguard and bridges along the
Jordan river, which could be used as crossing-points from Israel’s West Bank into the Hashemite
Kingdom’s East Bank. It is important to mention that Jordan’s
wide-scale military exercise came just two weeks after Jerusalem returned two border-enclaves
to Amman – twenty years after the historic peace treaty was signed between the two neighboring
countries. After the somewhat unexpected move, Jordan’s
King Abdullah reportedly revealed that his Kingdom’s bilateral relations with Israel
have sunk to their “worst state” in years, because of the ongoing political turmoil that
is perceived by its neighbors as essentially paralyzing Jerusalem. Nevertheless, the Jordanian monarch underscored
in an address to the Washington Institute for Near East Policy in New York, that he
is not ready to relinquish the peace treaty that his father, the late King Hussein and
Israeli late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin achieved, “as a symbol of hope and opportunity
for Palestinians, Jordanians and Israelis.” For more information on Israel and its region
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