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When Israel decide to invade Jordan territory, what will Palestinians lose?

According to the long-delayed peace plan announced by US President Donald Trump Tuesday, the Jordan Valley, which accounts for nearly third of the West Bank, “will be under Israeli control.”

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who joined Trump at the announcement, has been adamant that the Jordan Valley fall under full Israeli control, and become an important part of its eastern border.

Benny Gantz, Netanyahu’s election rival has made a similar pledge, to annex the Jordan Valley, as a part of his campaign.

Jordan has warned Israel over the unilateral annexation of the territory.

Where is the Jordan Valley?

The Jordan Valley is a fertile strip of land that stretches from the north of the Dead Sea along the eastern perimeter of the West Bank, bordering the Kingdom of Jordan. It is home to 65 000 Palestinians in 28 villages, and 11 000 illegal Israeli settlers.

The total land to be annexed comprises almost 30% of the West Bank.

Under Netanyahu’s current plan, the city of Jericho would be cut off from other Palestinian towns in the occupied West Bank.

According to the United Nation’s OCHA, it is home to approximately 20 000 Palestinians.

In a future Palestinian state, the plan will leave West Bank isolated from its Arab neighbour, Jordan.

Currently, the Allenby/King Hussein bridge border crossing over River Jordan is the only crossing between Jordan and the West Bank.

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