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Official: Israeli talk of West Bank collapse 'wishful thinking'
Published Wednesday 02/01/2013 (updated) 03/01/2013 13:37
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BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- The spokesman of the PA security forces Adnan Dimeiri on Wednesday accused Israeli officials of engaging in "wishful thinking" in their warnings that the West Bank government and security situation is on the brink of collapse.

Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday sounded a note of defiance after President Shimon Peres urged haste in negotiating peace with the PLO. "Every intelligent person knows that Hamas could take over the Palestinian Authority," Netanyahu warned.

Dimeri responded that taken with Israeli raids on Palestinian Authority areas, settlement-building and seizure of Palestinian tax funds, the comments represent the Israeli government's wish that the government collapse.

"I think that Israelis are talking to the whole world about their hopes for chaos to take over the West Bank, and that they’re telling the world that the PA isn’t able to control the situations in the Palestinian territory as if this is reality," Dimeiri said.

Recent demonstrations in the West Bank is just the practise freedom of speech, which Israel sees as a threat, thus claiming it represents a return to militant activity, he argued. The security services are in full control of the West Bank, he assured.
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1 ) Tibi / Tubas
02/01/2013 21:21
1- Israel already has everything it wants from the West Bank (Areas C/E1 settlements & East Jerusalem, without responsibility for the rest), so
2- Israel has every reason to wish for a West Bank status-quo, and
NO reason to "wish for a West Bank collapse," that might force it to
be involved with the business of governing Palestinians again !!

2 ) Tim Upham / United States
02/01/2013 21:49
But the Palestinian Authority and its security forces are in a financial hole. This alarmed Israel so much, that Prime Minister Netanyahu authorized it U.S. $60 million dollars, realizing that if it financially collapsed, it would pull Israel down along with it. The Palestinians do U.S. $3 billion dollars worth of business with Israel, and Israel exports over U.S. $3 billion dollars worth of commodities to Areas A, B, and C in the West Bank. So they need each other.

3 ) Robert Haymond / Israel--Gush Etzion
03/01/2013 00:26
And just where do you come up with these economic figures, Tim? Sounds like your fantasy at work to me. References?

4 ) Outlier / USA
03/01/2013 02:51
Do PA officials do ANYTHING other then make pronouncements? After reading Ma'am for a few months, it is a question worth asking. Regarding the subject at hand - it is all about money Considering the dire PA fiscal situation, the Israeli warning appears plausible.

5 ) Outsider / EU
03/01/2013 10:23
2) Very true, and when this issue is resolved, both have even more to gain from increased commerce, investment and an absolute explosion in tourism.

6 ) @ Outlier-4 / USA too
03/01/2013 14:09
The Answer is that NO, "PA officials DO NOT DO ANYTHING other then
make pronouncements," and without a border to the outside world
(except via Israel), AND with liimited sovereignty in Areas A & B,
PA officials CAN NOT DO ANYTHING BUT MAKE PRONOUNCEMENTS.

7 ) Filipe / Portugal
03/01/2013 20:36
@6----USA too The arabs have a border to the outside through Jordan the last time I checked.
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