TEL AVIV (Sputnik) — Israel will keep military control of West Bank's Jordan valley, captured as a result of the 1967 Six-Day War, in any scenario of the conflict resolution with Palestinians, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday.
"We are seeking peace with our neighbors, the real peace, which will survive generations. That is why, we will keep military control of all the territories to the west of the Jordan river with the agreement or without reaching it at all," Netanyahu said at a ceremony devoted to the 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War beginning.
Palestinians should recognize Israel as the Jewish state, as it is "the basis for reaching peace," Netanyahu added.
The Six-Day War, which involved Israel and the neighboring states of Egypt, Jordan and Syria, lasted from June 5 through June 10, and it started with Israel's major preemptive strike on Egyptian airfields. Later that day, Israel destroyed a considerable part of Syrian and Jordanian air forces, and the outcome of the war was determined. As a result of the war, Israel seized the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Golan Heights and the Sinai Peninsula. The Sinai Peninsula was returned to Egypt after the sides signed a peace treaty in 1979.
The Israeli government refuses to recognize Palestine as an independent political and diplomatic entity and continues to build settlements in the occupied areas, despite objections from the United Nations.