PA Calls Building for Jews ‘Incitement’

PA official overseeing “settlement portfolio” said building for Jews in Judea is “incitement” and a “fire under embers” of renewed Arab violence.

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Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, | updated: 17:01

Masked and armed Arab
Masked and armed Arab
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The Palestinian Authority official who oversees the “settlement portfolio” has charged that Israeli building of homes for Jews in Judea and Samaria is “incitement” and is like “fire under embers” that may spark renewed Arab violence.

The official, Shassan Daghlas, told the Chinese news agency Xinhua that the Israeli government’s announcement to allow approximately 450 more housing units for Jews will prevent a renewal of PA-Israeli talks on a new Arab state on the land in eastern Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and Gaza.

He warned that if the international community does not stop Israeli plans, further construction “would be an incitement for a popular uprising against Israel." Daghlas also served notice that PA Arab “protests and rallies would obstruct settlers from expanding settlements and practicing aggression on the land and the population."

Although the Netanyahu government plans to impose a building freeze on new homes after starting to build new housing units, PA negotiator Saeb Erekat said the new construction negates any freeze.

Another threat of violence, which the PA is required to halt under the American Roadmap plan, came from an Arab analyst of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.

Abdel Hadi Hantash, a PA-based expert on settlement issues, told Xinhua that there is unrest among Arabs after the international efforts "failed to convince Israel to halt or freeze the settlement activity in the West Bank."

"The chances of the eruption of another Palestinian popular Intifada against Israel are high," said Hantash, who warned that such a development could occur "at any moment after the Palestinian residents lose their patience towards the continuation of settlement and the settlers' attacks."

He threatened that a new Arab Intifada may be unarmed but that “many fatalities” will result if there are clashes with Israeli soldiers. He said that the new Intifada "will include popular protests, demonstrations and rallies…to provoke the international public opinion against Israel."

Under the guidance of Yasser Arafat, Arabs in Judea, Samaria and Gaza staged an Intifada, or uprising, from 1987 into the 1990s, beginning with massive rock and firebombing attacks and later evolving into use of live firearms and suicide bombings against Israeli civilians and soldiers.

Following the Oslo Accords in 1993, Israel handed over to the PA thousands of rounds of ammunition, which PA security forces later used to attack Israelis. After Arafat in 2000 refused an offer for establishment of a new PA state on almost all of Judea, Samaria and Gaza, with a base in Jerusalem, the Second Intifada, also known as the Oslo War, erupted in September, 2000.

One possible source of a new armed Intifada is the growing PA security forces, which are equipped with modern rifles and have been trained by American generals Jim Jones and Keith Dayton.