Israel Can Give Up the Jordan Valley

Strategic benefits that Israel would reap from the signing of a peace agreement with the Palestinians far outweigh the security rationale for continued Israeli control of Jordan Valley.

When then-Minister of Labor Yigal Allon formulated the Allon Plan, which he submitted to the cabinet in July 1967 shortly after the Six-Day War, he clearly stated, “Israeli sovereignty in the Jordan Valley is a necessity that must never be relinquished.” Since that time, four decades have passed, as have the dangers that worried Allon. Israel’s “eastern front” has...