- Israel announces plans to develop 154 acres of West Bank land
- Palestinians considering UN involvement
- UN, US condemn development decision
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.
Palestinians to go to U.N. After Israel's West Bank Land Seizure Plans Revealed https://t.co/pb3ohwWLdT— Newsweek Europe (@NewsweekEurope) January 20, 2016
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.”
netanyahu</a> approves land seizure of 380 acres in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WestBank?src=hash">#WestBank</a> <a href="https://t.co/PU5p395PFy">https://t.co/PU5p395PFy</a> <a href="https://t.co/dR2eUIlC16">pic.twitter.com/dR2eUIlC16</a></p>— Sputnik (SputnikInt) January 21, 2016
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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