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West Bank: Palestinians to go to the UN over Israel's land plan

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West Bank: Palestinians to go to the UN over Israel's land plan

  • Israel announces plans to develop 154 acres of West Bank land
  • Palestinians considering UN involvement
  • UN, US condemn development decision

The news

Israel has announced plans to develop a large tract of agricultural land in the occupied West Bank.

The 154 hectares are in the fertile Jordan Valley close to Jericho.

Israel already has many settlement farms built on land Palestinians have earmarked for their own state.

Palestinian Chief Negotiator Saeb Erekat told reporters: “The international community has asked Mr Netanyahu to stop the settlements, his answer is to increase the tenders for settlements and the confiscation of land. They ask him to accept the two-state solution from 1967, his answer is “In my dictionary, on my watch, there is no Palestinian state, the only thing is one state, two systems.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insists the door is open for dialogue.

“It is a land survey, it is one of many, routine, and I think it is not the issue. There has been no decision on what to do with this land, but there is a decision that I have made, to negotiate peace with the Palestinian authorities if they deem to do so.”

What they are saying

The UN – ‘deeply concerned’

The US – “deeply condemns”

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