Israel Cabinet has approved plan to allow Palestine Liberation Authority to build Houses and Industrial Parks in Area C in Jerusalem

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Sunday 22nd May 2017

Israel’s Security Cabinet approved a package of goodwill gestures for the Palestinian Authority Sunday evening by a wide margin, despite objections by two senior Jewish Home ministers.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu had proposed the gestures in the cabinet, hoping to have the measures approved prior to President Donald Trump’s arrival in Israel on Monday.

President Trump has expressed his desire to reboot negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, despite a 17-year old diplomatic stalemate.

During an extended meeting of the Security Cabinet, which lasted more than five hours, Education Minister Naftali Bennett and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked – both from the Jewish Home – expressed their opposition to the gestures, particularly plans to approve significantly more construction by Palestinian Authority residents in Area C – which is under Israeli security and civil administration.

Despite their opposition the measure passed with a large majority, with only the two Jewish Home cabinet members opposing the gestures.

Aside from increased Arab construction in Area C, the gestures include new industrial zones for the Palestinian Authority and an easing of passage for PA residents through the Allenby crossing on the Jordanian border.

WHAT IS AREA C

All Israeli settlements, including those in and around East Jerusalem, are located in Area C. Oslo II, Article XII, for example, states: "For the purpose of this Agreement, 'the Settlements' means, in the West Bank the settlements in Area C; and in the Gaza Strip. 

The Oslo II Accord divided the West Bank into three administrative divisions: Areas A, B and C. The distinct areas were given different statuses, according to their governance pending a final status accord: Area A is exclusively administered by the Palestinian Authority; Area B is administered by both the Palestinian Authority and Israel; and Area C, which contains the Israeli settlements, is administered by Israel. But the whole of Area C is historically the land of the Palestinian People which was conquered and occupied by Israel.

 

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