Tag Archive for Area C

This year Arabs Built 550 Illegal Structures in ‘Area C’ Alone


Report presented to Knesset committee showed that in 2014, Arab illegal construction is 16 times that of illegal Jewish construction.

By Gil Ronen


The Subcommittee for Judea and Samaria of the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee hosted on Sunday the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), Major General Yoav Mordechai, for a discussion of illegal construction in Judea and Samaria.

Illegal Palestinian building in Area C – Photo: Regavim

According to information presented to the committee, about 550 illegal structures were built by Arabs in Areas C in the course of 2014, as opposed to 150 illegal structures built by Jews.

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EU Hypocrisy: Financial Assistance to Abbas’ PA Violate Oslo Accords

NGO finds European Union funding illegal Palestinian Authority settlements in Israeli territory as breach of Oslo Accords, especially as EU makes new push for sanctions on Israel.

By Ari Soffer


An Israeli NGO is set to release a report it says shows tens of cases in which the European Union has actively worked to breach the Oslo Accords signed between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, by changing the facts on the ground in Area C to unilaterally harm Israel in final status talks with the Palestinians.

Illegal Palestinian building in Area C

Illegal Palestinian building in Area C – Regavim

The report is significant as it comes at the same time as the EU has made a renewed push to threaten Jerusalem with sanctions if Israel makes “unilateral moves” which European states deem to be harmful to their vision of a “two-state solution.” Continue Reading »

PA Places Prefab Structures in Illegal Attempt to Block Roadworks North of Jerusalem

Just hours after Civil Administration allowed the road widened, Palestinian Authority sets up illegal structures on work site to extend its control in ‘Area C’.

By Shlomo Pyotrkovsky, Ari Yashar


The IDF Civil Administration ordered the expropriation on Tuesday of land between the Samaria communities of Hizmeh and Adam, both of which are located just north of Jerusalem, so as to widen the local road there to have two lanes and ease traffic congestion.

PA constructing buildings in Area C

PA constructing buildings in Area C – Photo: Regavim

However, Arutz Sheva has learned that just hours after the order was given, the Palestinian Authority (PA) sent representatives to the area and started illegally building corrugated iron structures to establish facts on the ground and prevent the usage of the previously empty land. Continue Reading »

White House condemns Israel’s plan to annex additional W. Bank land for housing

The 400 hectares (988 Acres) of West Bank land was Declared Israeli Land & was put under Israeli control when Arafat signed the Oslo Peace Accords

By i24news



The United States is calling on Israel to reverse its decision to appropriate 400 hectares of land in the West Bank, calling the move “counterproductive” to peace efforts.

The Gush Etzion bloc of Israeli settlements in the West Bank and surrounding Palestinian villages

“We have long made clear our opposition to continued settlement activity,” a State Department official said. “This announcement, like every other settlement announcement Israel makes, planning step they approve and construction tender they issue is counterproductive to Israel’s stated goal of a negotiated two-state solution with the Palestinians.” Continue Reading »

Bennett: Annexing ‘Area C’ is the only available option to Fatah-Hamas gov’t


The Bayit Yehudi chairman Bennett says the time has come to go on the offensive and insists that his “sovereignty program” is the best course of action & the “only available option” left to Israel.



Israel should annex Area C of the West Bank in response to Monday’s swearing in ceremony of a unified Fatah-Hamas government made up of “terrorists in suits,” Economic Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett said.

The time has come to go on the offensive rather than act defensively and “to do what is good for Israel,” Bennett said.

The swearing in ceremony for the unity government in Ramallah occurred more than two decades after the signing of the 1993 Oslo Accords and nine years after the 2005 Gaza withdrawal.

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Israeli Lawmakers Introduce Legislation to Annex ‘Area C’


Legislation set to apply Israeli law to some 90 enclaves, but Netanyahu’s gov’t does not support measure.

Right-wing lobby says step needed after peace-talks collapsed.

By Ynet Staff


Right-wing MKs called on the government Wednesday to annex about 90 Jewish settlements built on West Bank land, with one of them saying it was retaliation for the collapse of peace talks with the Palestinians a month ago.

While Israel has built dozens of enclaves since capturing the land in the 1967 Six Days, it has not applied its law to the territory other than near East Jerusalem, which it annexed as part of its capital in a move never recognized internationally. Continue Reading »

Jerusalem to begin sanctions against Palestinian intransigence

In response of Fatah-Hamas unity deal and bid to join UN organizations, Israel confirmed list of additional sanctions against Palestinian Authority to begin day before ‘peace-talks’ set to reach deadline.

By Elior Levy


Israel has begun implementing economic sanctions against the Palestinians, after threatening to do so in wake of their new bid to join some UN organizations and recently announced unity deal between rival Fatah and Hamas, a senior Palestinian told Ynet Monday evening, a mere day before peace talks reach their deadline.

Mahmoud Abbas and Ismail Haniyeh - Photo: REUTERS

Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas’ Ismail Haniyeh – Photo: REUTERS

Israel confirmed additional sanctions Monday, saying has frozen plans to build housing for Palestinians in Area C of the West Bank, which is under full Israeli control. Continue Reading »

Bennett Calls on Gov’t to Annex ‘Settlement Blocs’ like Jerusalem & Golan

Economics Minister drafts letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu demanding gov’t take legal sovereignty over settlement blocs, after PA scrubbed negotiations.

By Hezki Ezra


Economics Minister and Jewish Home party Chairman Naftali Bennett has drafted a letter to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Wednesday night, demanding that Israel establish full sovereignty over “settlement blocs” in Judea and Samaria.

Bennett explained that the demand comes now – not earlier – due to the fact that the Palestinian Authority has violated the Oslo Accords by taking unilateral action in international fora by applying for membership in fifteen different international organizations.

“These days we have witnessed the decline of the peace process,” Bennett wrote to the Prime Minister, “and the Palestinians broke a new record of extortion and disobedience. Continue Reading »

Arabs ‘Illegal Building’ is Coordinated Takeover of State Land

Illegal Arab construction on open state land is part of a deliberate strategic takeover with orders from Palestinian Authority, Civil Administration official warns.

By Maayana Miskin


There is an ongoing coordinated effort among Palestinian Arabs to take over Israeli-owned land in Judea and Samaria (Shomron), a senior Civil Authority official warned Tuesday.

“Over the past two to three years, there’s been a battle for Area C,” said Marco Ben-Shabbat. “It’s not like what we saw before, with a single Palestinian building a private home illegally. It is much more organized.”

Ben-Shabbat indicated that those establishing illegal communities in Area C are receiving orders from above, but declined to say who was behind the campaign. Continue Reading »

World Bank: Lifting Israeli restrictions would help Palestinian economy


Not giving all of the West Bank to the Palestinians, restricts their economy by $3.4 billion annually, reports the World Bank.



The Palestinian GDP in the West Bank could increase by at least 35%, $3.4 billion annually, if Israel lifted its restrictions on Palestinian access and movement in Area C, the World Bank said in a report it issued Tuesday morning.

A Palestinian farmer in the West Bank ploughs his land.

A Palestinian farmer in the West Bank ploughs his land. – Photo: REUTERS/Baz Ratner

“Access to Area C will go a long way to solving Palestinian economic problems,” said Mariam Sherman, the outgoing World Bank Country Director for the Palestinian territories.

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Gov’t to explore upgrading Israel’s Civil Laws in Area C


PM Netanyahu seeks incorporating Israel’s Personal Laws in the Area C sections of the West Bank as it is applicable in the rest of Israel.



The government is looking into upgrading through military orders all personal laws for Israelis living in Area C, starting with the workplace, to ensure that they match those legislated by the Knesset for citizens in the rest of the country.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu asked the Justice Ministry to start the task, at the end of a discussion on the labor law for working mothers in Judea and Samaria, held Sunday at the government’s weekly meeting, an official said.

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Palestine is being built….and in Israel-dominated Area C


Palestinian construction in Judea & Samaria, especially Israel-dominated Area C, is intended to create territorial continuity, laying down foundations for future Palestinian state.

By Akiva Novick

Six cities, two airports, a high-tech complex, a university and a system of highways to connect all of the above are included in the new Palestinian construction plan aimed at setting facts on the ground and creating a territorial continuity in the West Bank.

Salam Fayyad - Photo EPA

Salam Fayyad – Photo EPA

Dozens of sites in the West Bank are part of the new trend of construction, as the authorities refuse to wait for the revival of peace talks and are laying down the foundations and infrastructures for an independent state. Continue Reading »

Settlers & Palestinians band together against problematic waste dump

Regional Arabs & Settlers all agree with the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel saying their dump is environmentally unfriendly.



Trash issues have trumped the conflict, as settlers and Palestinians band together to protest a new German funded landfill near a nature reserve in Area C of the West Bank.

THE NAHAL MAKOCH Nature Reserve – Photo: Roee Simon/SPNI

The Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI) is leading the battle against the dump, because along with the settlers and Palestinians, it believes that the landfill is environmentally problematic.

The Binyamin Regional Council is also upset that its settlements can not use the landfill, located in their region, precisely at a time when the state has mandated the closure of the dump where they now deposit their trash.

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Kerry meets Abbas then conveys to Israel precondition #6 to begin talks

When Kerry met PA president in Ramallah, Abbas adds relinquishment of W. Bank area under Israeli control (as per Oslo Accords) to list of preconditions.



US Secretary of State John Kerry flew into Israel from Turkey late Sunday afternoon, his second visit in two weeks, and went directly to Ramallah for talks with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (R) meets with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Ramallah

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (R) meets with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Ramallah – Photo: REUTERS

Abbas reiterated his stance regarding the resumption of peace talks with Israel, but added a new demand: that Israel hand control over parts of Area C in the West Bank to his authority.

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PA Pleads to the World: We Need More Money

The PA is urging the world to step up additional financial aid again & force Israel to allow Palestinian economic development.

By Elad Benari


The Palestinian Authority has urged the world to step up financial aid and press Israel to allow economic development, over fears of “political collapse”, AFP reported.

“We call on the international community to… pressure the government of Israel to release our revenues and to provide the financial support required to maintain basic functions and services,” said a Palestinian Authority report seen by the news agency on Monday.

“The recent confiscation of Palestinian-owned revenues by Israel comes on top of an already severe fiscal crisis that was caused by a large shortfall of external support,” it added. Continue Reading »