palestinians construction 248.88.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimksi )
A report released on Sunday by the Palestinian Authority government listed a
number of “achievements” toward building institutions and infrastructure in the
West Bank over the past 16 months.
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However, the report accused Israel of
hindering the PA’s efforts to build institutions and establish a Palestinian
The publication of the report is seen by many Palestinians as a PA
attempt to prepare local public opinion for a decision to enter direct talks
The PA leadership is expected to announce its agreement to
enter direct talks in the next day or two.
According to the report, the
government of Prime Minister Salam Fayyad built 34 new schools and expanded
another 23. Eleven new clinics were opened, while another 30 were expanded, the
It also discussed the establishment of 44 housing projects
in various parts of the West Bank, as well as the construction of 16 new
In addition, the PA government took credit for renovating another
40 roads and planting 370,000 trees.
The report said the achievements had
been made despite “Israeli occupation restrictions and obstacles.”
we were building new houses, the Israeli authorities stepped up the process of
house demolitions, including in occupied east Jerusalem,” the report
The Fayyad government also accused Israel of erecting 500
“impediments” at a time when the PA was paving 157 km. of new roads in
The report accused Israeli authorities of failing to take action
against settler violence in the West Bank, as well, saying that while
turning a blind eye to settler violence, the PA had made remarkable
imposing law and order.
For example, it said, PA police had carried out
88,000 court orders since May 2009.
The report pointed out that a number
of police stations had also been established in the West Bank.
said that the report showed how serious he was in his efforts to build a
and achieve freedom for the Palestinians.
“We have achieved much, and we
will continue to do so despite the occupation,” he said. “We are
country for the sake of our children.”