"PLO says ISRAEL
Wants 6-9% of YESHA and Jerusalem"
1. PLO Official: Israel Wants 6-9% of Yesha, and Jerusalem
by Gavriel Queenann PLO: Israel Wants 6-9% of Yesha and
According to PLO executive committee member Tayseer Khaled,
recent talks in Jordan revealed Israel wants to retain 6-9 per
cent of Judea and Samaria, and eastern Jerusalem.
“Many factions and political parties within the Palestinian
political spectrum strictly oppose this offer,” Khaled told Gulf
News, adding that officials in Ramallah had taken the
"controversial step" of tentatively agreeing to cede 2% of Judea
“Addressing the idea of the land swap makes it more possible for
Israeli colonies to remain the way they are. This is a major
negotiating mistake committed by the Palestinians,” he said.
Instead, Khaled insists, discussions of borders should be
postponed until all core issues, including the status of
Jerusalem, water and border crossings are completely settled.
“The Israeli response has tackled all the core issues of the
Palestinian-Israeli conflict, with a postponement to the issue
of the borders,” he said.
“The Palestinian negotiators should have withdrawn and walked
away from such useless meetings,” he stressed.
However, Khaled welcomed an official EU document which
criticized Israel’s policies in Judea and Samaria and announced
that the EU will pursue infrastructural projects in Area C
without Israeli consent.
Area C, which comprises 62% of Judea and Samaria, remains under
full Israeli administrative and security jurisdiction under the
1993 Oslo Accords. PA projects in those areas are expressly
forbidden without Israeli cooperation.
“This is a fair, positive, and constructive position for the EU
and the Palestinian leadership warmly welcomes it,” he said.
“It is time for the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) to
conduct many projects in the areas of the Zone C and to chase
Israel for any reaction it commits against the PNA,” he said.
“We should not listen to Israel and stick to its policies in the
Zone C which the PNA should immediately announce as first class
developing areas which enjoy the highest priority,” he said.
“We are then ready to wage a popular and political confrontation
against Israel. We will take the issue of the Zone C areas to
the UN and the international community,” he said.
Observers say Khaled's apparent endorsement of bilateral
negotiations aimed at a comprehensive agreement with Israel is
strange in light of his support of downgrading all ties with
Israel in favor of the unilateral tack.
"We refuse to be security agents for Israel. This is neither the
role of the PLO nor the Palestinian National Authority at all,"
he said on December 21st.
"The Jewish state is the only impediment to bilateral
negotiations," he said. "The Palestinian leadership will not
even consider the economic peace argument."
"We are discussing downgrading all our agreements with Israel,"
That same day PLO officials announced “a strategy based on
continuous efforts along with the international community to
secure full recognition and full United Nations membership,
pursuing internal reconciliation, and keeping up the popular
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