Civil Administration Helping PA Take Over Area C (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 05/04/12)
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The Palestinian Authority is continuing its attempts to take over the
land in Area C, which is under full Israeli control, and is being
assisted in this by no less than the Civil Administration.
According to figures presented on Thursday by the Coordinator of
Government Activities in Judea, Samaria and Gaza (COGAT), in 2011 a
total of 182 PA projects in Area C were promoted, with the
cooperation of the international community and the PA itself. The
projects are infrastructural ones, mostly in the fields of the
environment, water and electricity.
Two months ago, a contract mediated by COGAT was signed between the
Israel Electric Company and the PA’s Department of Energy,
authorizing the establishment of four new substations for electricity
generation in Judea and Samaria. All four stations are in Area C.
This project is funded by the European Bank and the cost is estimated
at millions of euros.
In recent months, the PA has been working to take over the open space
in Area C in order to break the Jewish continuity between the
communities in the area, particularly in the settlement blocs.
The takeover is being achieved using an organized plan through the
establishment of economic and infrastructure projects in the area. In
some cases, the PA received approval for the projects from the Civil
Administration by order of Defense Minister Ehud Barak. The
applications were filed on behalf of the PA by EU member states, a
fact which made it easier for them to be approved by Israel, which is
wary of conflicts with the international community.
One such project is the road which leads to the new PA city of Rawabi
currently being built. The decision to promote the construction of
the road was reached by the Defense Ministry, despite objections by
all the professionals in the Civil Administration.
The road connects Rawabi to the Trans-Binyamin highway, Highway 465.
The city is to be home to over 25,000 people.
Jews living in Judea and Samaria, already facing increasingly unsafe
roads in recent months with terror attacks and violent carjackings by
PA Arabs on the rise, recently held a protest against the plans.
The protesters pointed out that not only could terrorists make use of
PA traffic on the road to carry out attacks, but the heavy increase
in traffic would pose other dangers.
A month ago, the Civil Administration officially announced that it is
promoting “projects which contribute to the welfare and to the
improvement of the lives of the Palestinian population in Area C.”
A spokesman for the Civil Administration said that “the projects
mainly focus on the fields of environment, improved access to
villages and improving the economy.”
PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad recently inaugurated a new PA
construction project, a water dam in the Jordan Valley, despite the
fact that it is located in Area C.
Fayyad said he will not wait for Israeli permission to allow him to
develop the Jordan Valley, stressing that “this is our land and it is
our natural right to develop this area and to serve our people living
here.” (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 05/04/12)
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