Saturday, May 30
Latest News
  1. Foreign fighters switching tactics to reach Syria, Iraq
  2. Monitor: Christian beheads Sunni militant in Syria revenge killing
  3. Tripoli govt : IS seizes control of airport in Libya's Sirte
  4. Yemen's Saleh says Saudi offered him 'millions' to fight Houthis
  5. Netanyahu delight as Palestine withdraw bid to oust Israel from FIFA
  6. IS bombs second Saudi Shiite mosque, killing 3
  7. FIFA congress reconvenes after bomb threat
  8. Muhammadu Buhari sworn in as president of Nigeria
  9. Witnesses: blast outside Saudi Shiite mosque during prayers
  10. Iranian opposition: Iran, N. Korea 'collaborate' on nuclear arms
  11. More than 700 migrants rescued in Mediterranean
  12. Car bombs rock two upmarket Baghdad hotels, five dead
  13. Coalition strikes, fighting kill 40 rebels in Yemen's Aden
  14. Police: car bombs explode near two Baghdad hotels
  15. Myanmar rejects being 'singled out' by UN over migrant crisis at Thai
  16. Top US negotiator with Iran 'to leave after June 30 deadline'
  17. Ministry: Tunisia arrests 2nd Morocco suspect in Bardo attack
  18. Angolan activist gets six months suspended jail sentence
  19. Spain judge opens terrorism case against Boko Haram
  20. Minister: S.African president cleared in corruption scandal

PA: Israeli government, settlers on same page

June 13, 2013 8:11 A.M. (Updated: June 14, 2013 8:38 A.M.)
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.
Powered By: HTD Technologies
Ma'an News Agency
All rights reserved © 2005-2015