Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) on Saturday accused Israel of seeking to undermine the Palestinian Authority (PA)’s control in Area B in the West Bank.
Under the Oslo Accords signed between the PLO and Israel in the 1990s, the West Bank was divided into three areas: Area A under Palestinian control, Area B under joint Palestinian-Israeli control, and Area C under full Israeli control.
The PLO’s National Department to Defend Land and Resist (Israeli) Settlement said in its report that for the first time since 1993, the Israeli government is taking practical measures to end the PA’s control in Area B.
“The Israeli government has recently banned Palestinian construction in the Area B,” said the report, referring to the decision of Israeli Minister of Defense Naftali Bennett to ban Palestinian construction in the Area B for security reasons.
The report added that Israel banned the construction of two buildings close to the Israeli settlements of Shilo and E’ili, south of the West Bank city of Nablus, although the buildings are in an area under the PA’s administrative control.
Israeli settlement activity is considered one of the thorniest issues that hindered the peace talks between Palestinians and Israelis. Enditem