JPost - 'PM agreed to lease Jordan Valley from Palestinians'
- JPost - Mon, Nov 1, 2010
The Jerusalem Post
'PM agreed to lease Jordan Valley from Palestinians'
By JPOST.COM STAFF
As part of negotiations, US reportedly proposes Israel lease border
region for 7 years; MK says, "Why do I need to lease land that belongs
Israeli sources on Monday confirmed that the US proposed that Israel
lease parts of the Jordan Valley from the Palestinians for an additional
seven years, Army Radio reported.
According to the Monday report, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu agreed
to the idea, but demanded that the arrangement be for a longer period of
time than the original offer. "Seven years is not enough - an
arrangement like this needs to last for dozens of years," Netanyahu said
in closed talks, according to Army Radio.
A senior minister said that "anything less than a 99-year lease is not
worth talking about," according to the report.
Habayit Hayehudi head Daniel Herschkowitz dismissed the idea, even if it
is for 99 years, Army Radio reported. He said, "If we agree to the
offer, we will be broadcasting to the Palestinians that the land is
actually theirs." Adding, "I'm not the only one who thinks this way."
Herschkowitz drove home his point, saying, "Why do I need to lease land
from them that belongs to us?," the report said.