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Maariv: Netanyahu plans to build wall at Jordanian border

Nov. 3, 2013 11:45 A.M. (Updated: Nov. 5, 2013 5:30 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he intends to build a separation barrier between the West Bank and Jordan after completing walls on the Egyptian and Syrian borders, according to a report by the Israeli newspaper Maariv on Sunday.

Netanyahu plans to construct the wall in order to send a message to Palestinians who oppose Israeli presence in the Jordan Valley, the report says.

The wall will also guarantee continued Israeli control of the border crossing, Netanyahu reportedly said.

He added that the thousands of Syrian refugees in Jordan pose a threat to Israeli security, the article continues. The wall would protect Israeli settlements from possible invasion.

A spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told Ma'an that new construction plans are a clear message from the Israeli government to the United States "declaring the failure of the peace talks."

"Without a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital, there will be neither peace nor stability in the region and the leaders of Israel will be responsible for that," PA spokesman Nabil Abu Rdeina said.

Abu Rdeina added that the construction of both the separation wall and Israeli settlements in the West Bank are illegal and would "vanish" within a Palestinian state.

The Maariv article comes three days after Palestinian negotiators Saeb Erekat and Mohammed Shtayyeh reportedly tendered their resignation to Abbas, an event the PLO has denied.

The last round of direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians broke down just weeks after they were launched in September 2010 in a bitter row over settlements.

The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank and East Jerusalem form a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.

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