“It is impossible to defend Jerusalem unless you hold the high ground…. An aircraft that takes off from an airport in Amman is going to be over Jerusalem in two-and-a-half minutes, so it’s utterly impossible for me to defend the whole country unless I hold that land.” –Lieutenant General (Ret.) Thomas Kelly, director of operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the Gulf War
At its smallest width without a position in Judea and Samaria, Israel stretches nine miles. Without IDF positions in these disputed territories, Israel is indefensible. Further, without a presence in the mountainous region of Judea and Samaria that overlooks the vast majority of Israel’s population, Israel is also defenseless.