‘Extreme Left is Exploiting PA Arabs’
Vice Prime Minister Silvan Shalom has accused the far Left of manipulating Palestinian Authority Arabs.
“The [PA] land owner is used as a playing card by the extremist Left,” he accused. Left-wing groups get PA Arabs to file lawsuits targeting Israeli towns in Judea and Samaria.
“What would the alleged land owner do? Would he build in the middle of an Israeli neighborhood? It’s not practical,” said Shalom. The lawsuits are used with the sole purpose of hurting Israeli residents of the area, he said.
Israelis in Judea and Samaria built homes there with tacit government approval, and the government must help them protect their homes, the veteran Likud politician said. “Residents of the neighborhoods [facing lawsuits] were given services by the government, and we will find an appropriate way to leave them there,” he declared.
Shalom also criticized PA leaders over their refusal to sit down for negotiations. Their demands that Israel meet preconditions are nothing more than a ploy, he accused.
“For the past three and a half years, the Palestinians have come up with all kinds of demands in an attempt to prevent any possibility of negotiations,” he said. “The international community, as well, has failed in its efforts to bring the Palestinians to the table."
“If the Palestinians will take a different, honest approach, they will find us prepared for serious talks,” he added.