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PA: Israeli government, settlers on same page
Published Thursday 13/06/2013 (updated) 14/06/2013 20:38
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NABLUS (Ma’an) – Since its establishment, the Palestinian Authority has never refused as adamantly as it is refusing today to negotiate with Israel as long as settlements continue to be built in the occupied West Bank.

President Mahmoud Abbas along with all PA leaders have made this point clear over and over despite pressure from the United States and its Arab allies to bring Abbas back to the negotiating table while settlements expand.

Abbas’ adviser on Jerusalem affairs Ahmad Ruweidi says the Israeli government and settlers are working together to try and eradicate the Palestinian population from Jerusalem and the rest of the West Bank.

“Settlers are implementing a plan designed by the Israeli government,” he told Ma’an Thursday.

The plan, he said, is to establish “a state for settlers in the West Bank inside the Palestinian state so as to task the settlers with security missions in future.”

The first settlement in the West Bank was built in 1970 and was named Alon Shvut in Gush Etzion bloc located between Bethlehem and Hebron in the southern West Bank. Since then, the number of settlements approved by Israeli governments rose to 184.

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who monitors settlement activities in the northern West Bank, says the number of settlers in the West Bank and Jerusalem rose to 631,000 of whom 284,000 live in Jerusalem.

He highlighted that settlers live in 184 settlements approved by the Israeli government and 171 illegal outposts. The Israeli government itself considers these outposts illegal, yet provides them with water and electricity networks and sends soldiers to protect them.

Settlements, according to Daghlas quoting official Palestinian statistics, occupy 140,124 dunums (about 35,000 acres) equaling 4 percent of the West Bank area.
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1 ) Outlier / USA
14/06/2013 00:35
"Speaking" for other people is a fool's errand.

2 ) Peter Hindrup / Australia
14/06/2013 03:07
The first settlement in the West Bank was built in 1970 Since then, the number of settlements approved by Israeli governments rose to 184. Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who monitors settlement activities says that settlers live in 184 settlements approved by the Israeli government and 171 illegal outposts. The Israeli government itself considers these outposts illegal, yet provides them with water and electricity networks and sends soldiers to protect them. Settlements, occupy 140,12

3 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
14/06/2013 03:59
I want to say this as directly as possible without further inflaming everyone. First, I am deeply appreciative of MNA's highest standards of journalism and freedom of expression. It is truly an exemplary professional enterprise in the oftentimes extremely heated and passion-filled-to-overflowing world of news reporting and analysis that everyone--whether Palestinian or not--must recognize it for. I say this not for any butt-kissing or patronizing reason; I don't play that game. I say (cont.)

4 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
14/06/2013 04:14
it because it's 100% true. So having said that (to use those often-stated words), let me emulate MNA's integrity and honesty regarding this article by saying this: The PA speaks the absolute, honest and unvarnished 100% truth. As our Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon has said (echoing the real thoughts and policies of our PM and government, despite the outcome of our recent--or any future--elections), we will never accept a (second) Palestinian nation west of that Jordan River. (cont.)

5 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
14/06/2013 04:28
Our goal is the complete annexation of all of the State of Palestine (which I honestly reference because of the factual, overwhelming worldwide recognition of the State of Palestine by the U.N. and other nations) and Gaza Strip. This also entails the elimination of actually not just all Palestinians but all non-Israelites from Israel, as well. We know the world will hate us for doing this but we have learned from our history Who (and, by corollary, who not) to put our trust and faith in.

6 ) Mex (fr.) / Tex.
14/06/2013 15:59
Geneva Conventions define "military occupation" as the seizing of another NATION's land. FACT: no nation has legally controlled Judea & Samaria following the fall of the Ottoman Empire [1918]. FACT: Jews are the historic founders of the territory [Judea & Samaria] as a unified nation-state, not an outside force. Archeological finds dating back millennia in Judea & Samaria testify to this fact. FACT: Israel has a very good legal case for sovereignty over Judea & Samaria. Am Israel, Chai!

7 ) Sherri Munnerlyn / US
15/06/2013 11:10
To Mex from Tx, That Am Israel Chai Salutation sounds just like a Heil Hitler Salute. Glad to see those true Zionist colors on display!

8 ) yellownail / Spain
15/06/2013 22:39
@7 The meaning of am Yisroel chai means something like '' you cant kill/ put down/ surpress the jewish people'' - or ''we are still here - still going strong'' Unlike the un united Arabs
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