[News] Leftist official says Palestinians paying the price of Israeli failure in Lebanon
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Tue Sep 5 11:23:22 EDT 2006
Leftist official says Palestinians paying the price of Israeli
failure in Lebanon
(Nablus) Palestine News Network
Tuesday, 05 September 2006
The Israeli government's bid to expand illegal Israeli settlements in
the West Bank is the price the Palestinians must pay for Israel
losing its war against Lebanon, says Taysir Khalid.
Khalid is a Palestine Liberation Organization Executive Committee
member and leftist Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine
Political Bureau member. He continued Tuesday's comments by saying
that Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is taking such aggressive
measures, at the same time announcing a freeze in the unilateral
disengagement, in order to shut up the extremist parties. "The
Palestinian people pay the exorbitant price by losing more regional
contiguity and their right to have an independent and viable
The Israeli government will expand Batar Illit Settlement, west of
Bethlehem, and Ma'ale Adumin Settlement in eastern Jerusalem. Ma'ale
Adumim is part of the "Jerusalem Envelope" which includes the Wall
and settlements aimed to completely isolate the West Bank from Jerusalem.
Khalid is calling on Palestinian political parties to quickly form
the coalition government in order to confront this latest Israeli
violation of international law and basic human rights in as unified a
manner as possible. He says that the Israeli government's move to
expand settlements is being done in a hurry in order to finish them
before the Palestinian unity government is in place.
The DFLP and PLO member also issued a call to the Quartet to push to
implement the Road Map, the terms of which, although not a dream come
true for Palestinians, does call for the Israelis to stop settlement
activity, targeted assassinations, arrests and collective punishment.
The Israeli authorities issued bid requests for 348 units in Ma'ale
Adumim and 342 units in Betar Illit between Bethlehem and Jerusalem.
All Israeli settlements are illegal under international law, as is
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