Abbas: No State without the Jordan Valley

JERICHO, August 17, 2013 (WAFA) – President Mahmoud Abbas said Friday that he will not agree to a Palestinian state without the Jordan Valley.

Abbas made these remarks during a tour of the ancient city of Jericho.

“There will be no state without the Jordan Valley,” he told reports. “We insist on that and we have stressed this in more than one occasion.”

Israeli says it will keep control over the Jordan Valley that borders Jordan in any future peace agreement.

The Jordan Valley is currently classified as area C under the Oslo protocols, which means it is under full Israeli military control.

The Palestinians want to develop the Jordan Valley, which makes up more than 40 percent of the area of the West Bank, but Israel keeps putting obstacles in their way.

source: WAFA NEWS