The big show we’re all watching stars US Secretary of State John Kerry,
skeptical but concerned about his attempts to restart negotiations between us
and the Palestinians. What preconditions are being demanded? Will Prime Minister
Binyamin Netanyahu give in? What will be left of our tiny little country? But
this is really just street theater, expertly acted by Palestinian Authority
President Mahmoud Abbas, as are his unilateral declarations at the
Unfortunately, the real show is being played out on another channel,
behind the scenes and not in the media.
While we have been distracted
elsewhere, Abbas, the PA, with full consent of the EU, have been quietly
implementing the Fayyad Plan, so called because the front man was former
Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad.
The PA’s July 2009 plan, to
unilaterally create a de facto Palestinian state on the ground, is being
implemented now at an accelerated rate, with our explicit consent or because of
our fatal inaction, and with massive involvement of the international community
specifically with funding from the European Union. This is a call for the Israel
public to demand that our government exercise its authority over areas within
our control, before we reach the point of no return.
Three major pillars
support the PA’s Plan to create facts on the ground – structural reform of the
central and local governments, restoring the PA security system, and building
the economic and physical infrastructures necessary for a state. Deliberate
emphasis was placed on establishing large parts of this national infrastructure
in Area C, defined by the Oslo Accords as under full Israeli civil and security
control, including authority over all building permits.
intention of the PA and the EU, made crystal clear by the EU’s latest binding
directive on all European countries, is to subvert our authority, to silently
“annex” these areas, create corridors and contiguous territories in them,
thereby establishing irreversible facts on the ground.
annexation method is being pursued simultaneously on two tracks. One requires
coordinating with Israeli authorities by requesting their approval to construct
projects of special significance. Usually, these are projects where
international financing is dependent on our “stamp of approval” – Israeli
Israel normally has no option but to consent to these projects
because of the enormous pressure exerted by the funding countries.
other track establishes facts on the ground – by widespread illegal construction
and development activities, without coordination or approval from the Israeli
authorities. In this track, one can absolutely detect a systematic and
deliberate hand, an organizing logic which seeks to create contiguous
Palestinian territories, while isolating and cutting off Israeli
Three examples show how our blind cooperation with the PA,
because of our desire to appear cooperative to the international organizations,
will if unchecked create an irreversible reality. First, the approval of the new
town of Nu’eima in the Jericho region, including an allocation of 500 acres of
state land, much of which was illegally taken over by Palestinians over the past
David Elhayani, head of the Jordan Valley Regional Council,
says, “the... Palestinian criminals who settled on state lands surreptitiously
are being rewarded, as they are now receiving hundreds of acres as a gift. This
is a delusional and reckless plan that will choke our council’s
Second, the Civil Administration recently seriously
considered a request by the PA to establish a security facility for their
Preventive Security Service within Area C, where it would dominate Route 443,
the road connecting Modi’in to Jerusalem. Is this not astounding? Fortunately,
the request was rejected due to media attention and a public information
campaign initiated by Regavim. But the fact that Israeli officials even
considered such a request indicates their loss of moral compass and common
Third, the Civil Administration is promoting the Ramon
waste-collection landfill site in Area C in the Binyamin region, even though
most of the waste will come from Areas A and B, and despite the fact that the PA
has declared it will not be used for waste from Jewish
Deutsche Bank is funding this site, never mind that landfill
is considered the worst method of disposal, and is completely banned throughout
Despite the filing of over 100 objections, the Civil
Administration continues to promote it, in part because of the pressure applied
by the international community.
Simultaneously, the PA continues to build
without our consent. Consider the illegal expansion of el-Bireh into Area C,
which is intended to choke its Jewish neighbor Psagot. It is now only 100 meters
from the fence of Psagot. Unauthorized development of infrastructure and road
building, clearly intended to bypass Israeli checkpoints, continues
They especially construct buildings on dominating points to
create a buffer in the hills between Psagot and Beit El.
of this phenomenon is the Civil Administration retroactively approving the
unauthorized construction of a soccer stadium in the area outside of el- Bireh.
In 2009, construction began, near and visible to the Psagot community. Following
Regavim’s application to the court, the Civil Administration issued a stop-work
order, but work continued undeterred. In a further appeal to the Supreme Court,
Regavim demanded that the law be enforced and the structure demolished. Yet in
2011, a building permit for the stadium was issued retroactively, allowing its
construction and operation.
We believe that this was due to extreme
pressure placed upon Israel by UEFA and the usual suspects - the EU.
imagination is required to evaluate the results of 15,000 fervent fans marching
at the end of a game, with only a five-minute walk between the stadium to
Psagot. Against the background of various popular uprising scenarios, which the
IDF is preparing for, this is a scary thought.
Where have we been while
this is going on? Watching another channel. We must put a stop to the PA’s plan
by refusing to approve any more PA projects in Area C until all illegal building
This is especially true at this time where the EU has issued
an open directive to boycott all Jewish activity in Judea & Samaria, East,
North & South Jerusalem and the Golan. It's time to tune into what is really
going on in front of us, and demand that our Government act forcefully to
enforce the law equally and protect our national interests.
Sokolovsky is an attorney and serves as a policy adviser for Regavim. Ari Briggs
is the international director of Regavim.
Regavim’s mission is to ensure
the accountable, legal & environmentally friendly use of Israel’s national
lands and the return of the rule of law to all areas and aspects of the land.