PM vows: 'Not one meter' will be transferred to PA

Facing down angry Likud ministers, Netanyahu promises there are no plans to deliver land from Area C in Judea-Samaria to Palestinians.

Nitsan Keidar,

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu clarified Sunday at a meeting of Likud ministers that despite reports to the contrary, there are absolutely no plans to give land in Judea-Samaria to the Palestinian Authority (PA). 

"There will be no transfer of land to the Palestinian Authority - not 40 thousand dunams, not 10 thousand, not one meter," Netanyahu stressed to outraged ministers

The Cabinet demanded answers Sunday after reports surfaced that the Civil Administration, under orders from Netanyahu, was preparing to deliver 10,000 dunams (2,471 acres) of land from Area C in Judea and Samaria to the PA as a confidence-building measure. 

Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel (Jewish Home) threatened the implementation of such a move would spell the collapse of the government. 

"Again, reports that a 'goodwill gesture' to transfer territory to the Palestinian Authority is being considered," he wrote on Twitter. "Therefore, I will be completely clear: If Netanyahu goes through with it - the current coalition will fall apart."

The Yesha Council also strongly denounced the plan, accusing Netanyahu of giving "concessions" instead of attacking the PA and its leaders who "encourage terrorism."

"The transfer of territory controlled by Israel to the Palestinian Authority, as occurred in the Oslo Accords and the Disengagement, reward terrorism and provides support to terrorists." 

"The Prime Minister's policies should be the exact opposite - no more lapses and surrendering to terrorism, rather a thaw in the building freeze and the extension of Israeli sovereignty in Judea and Samaria."




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