In order to prevent an eventual surrender of the Jordan Valley, Allon supervised the construction of a road running north-south along the Jordan Valley's western edge. This would provide access for his vision of a row of settlements to mark out his idea for new borders.
The plan was a pipe dream for a variety of reasons: first, it was based on the idea that the Jordanians, still licking their wounds from their botched attempt to exterminate Israel in 1967, would submit to Israel's annexation of a chunk of what they considered to be their own territory. Secondly, Allon was only one man in a government full of ministers, all of whom had their own big ideas. Thirdly, it assumed a new wave of young pioneering kibbutzniks to move out and settle the new land. Instead, the Kibbutz movement, and with it Secular Zionism, had already begun its long decline, and instead mainly religiously inspired settlers moved into the region.
Still, it's a beautiful drive through the cradle of Jewish Civilization.
We turned right on the access road to Maaleh Michmas, where King Shaul (Saul), the first Jewish King, defeated the Phillistines in the first battle of his short two-year reign.
Ariel Sharon, back in his days as a territorial maximalist, before he turned into an "Allonist," brought all the IDF training bases he could and relocated them in Judea and Samaria.
We soon arrived at Chemdat, a settlement in the northern Jordan Valley.
The view from Chemdat was breathaking.
In the background, is the Jordan valley, the Jordan river, and the Hills which were once home to the Jewish tribe of Reuvein, now part of the Kingdom of Jordan.