Illegal paved road in Area C
Illegal paved road in Area COtef Yerushalaim Forum

Cheryl Chumley, editor of the op-ed section in the online Washington Times, published a scathing article against the illegal Palestinian construction in Area C.

The Oslo Accords ruled, and it was internationally accepted, that Area C was designated as a 'no-construction zone,’ controlled by Israel. But there are both completed houses and houses under construction on this land. There is a new set of roads and signposts with phone numbers offering those interested in building or buying a house to call. What is going on here," Chumley wondered.

She accused that, "The Palestinian Authority, fed by funds from the UN, the European Union and the US, has taken upon itself the task of expanding the Arab footprint in the lands of Israel, by building houses on land that was supposed to remain clear. This is the Palestinian’s quiet way of stretching the borders, seizing Israeli lands, and thwarting the possibility of applying Israeli sovereignty in the area, and all of this was done without firing a single shot."

In her article she cites a news item published in 2023 on Israel National News - Arutz Sheva, reporting massive illegal Palestinian construction on the territory of a nature reserve in the Gush Etzion area.

"The situation has only worsened since the October 7th terrorist attack on Israel. This is a story that the international media seldom covers. It seems that the Palestinian Authority is luring Bedouin nomads to build their homes in the area and is even providing them with materials and infrastructure."

"The Biden administration is playing into the anti-Israel sentiment. When the US fails to stand firm as Israel's ally, Israel's enemies take notice and take action. This illegal construction is a fundamental example of that. It's hard to see how Israel could turn the situation around and exercise sovereignty in these areas – and that is exactly what Israel's enemies want," she concluded.