B’Tselem’s Report is very misleading. They seem to think that Israel is holding this land on trust for the Palestinians and is violating that trust by building settlements and using the water. The reality is that the Oslo Accords clearly set out what each parties rights and obligations are in C, B and A. These Accords go into great depth as to the use of the water stored in the aquifers beneath Area C. Israel has in no way violated these Accords. Nowhere in the Accords did Israel agree to prevent Jews from building in Area C. According to the Ley Report, the Jews have the right to settle these lands. According to the Oslo Accords, the Palestinians don’t.
B’Tselem ignores all this and starts with the assumption that the lands are Palestinian lands. Not so. No where were these lands granted to the Palestinians. The Palestinian’s agreed to the terms of Oslo. Now they don’t want to abide by them. Any time the Palestinians want to cut a deal with Israel to establish a state they can do so but that would require them compromising their demands. This they are unwilling to do. Oslo contemplated a negotiated settlement. They reject negotiations so can have nothing to complain about.
According to Naftali Bennett Area C has only 60,000 Arabs but B’Tselem says 180,000. The truth is probably somewhere between these numbers. Ted Belman
New B’Tselem report on Israel’s Policy in Area C of the West Bank
On June 5, B’Tselem published a new report that presents and analyzes Israel’s policy on planning and construction in Area C, and the policy’s infringement of human rights of the entire Palestinian population of the West Bank. This policy is grounded in a view of Area C’s land and water as intended to serve Israeli needs.
Therefore, the actions of the Israeli authorities are designed to minimize Palestinian presence in the region and lead to an expansion of the settlements and their areas of control. In other words, in practice, Israel has annexed Area C and brought about circumstances that will influence its permanent status.
This week we marked 46 years since Israel occupied the West Bank. Over the years of occupation, the nature of human rights violations in the Occupied Territories has changed. The sight of a woman in advanced labor stranded at a checkpoint, has virtually disappeared from the landscape of the occupation. It is far easier to travel and get about within the West Bank than it had been. Nevertheless, Israel’s ongoing control of resources and planning in Area C generates a reality that violates a wide spectrum of human rights in the West Bank on a daily basis.
Area C is home to some 180,000 Palestinians. It is also the primary land resource for the entire West Bank. Consequently, Israel’s policy in this area also adversely affects the rights of Palestinians living in Areas A and B. See attached report for a comprehensive explanation of these …read more