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The Palestinians are paving a road crossing Yosh - contrary to the Oslo Accords | Israel Today


The works are being carried out from Afula to the south of Mount Hebron, while demolishing a nature reserve. • The Palestinians claim that these are agricultural roads, but the PA's transportation master plan proves otherwise. Israel"

Recently, the Palestinians have been intensively promoting the construction of the Cross Judea and Samaria road from north to south, seriously harming nature in the Judean Desert and a blatant violation of the Oslo Accords - this is according to monitoring by land patrols of the Mount Hebron and Gush Etzion councils.

Last November it was revealed in "Israel Hayom" that the Palestinians are carrying out massive works to build a road for many kilometers in the Gush Etzion area, on lands located in the Teva Nature Reserve ("Agreement Reserve"), that both Israel and the Palestinians have agreed to prevent any damage to it, and that there is an absolute ban on all construction in the area.

The Oslo II Agreement explicitly states: "Each of the two parties (Israel and the Authority, HC) will take appropriate measures to protect nature reserves, protected natural assets, as well as species of animals, plants and flowers of special varieties, as well as to implement rules of conduct in nature reserves." But the Palestinians ignore the agreement and destroy the reservation, both in silence and in action.

Recently, a new development took place: the land inspectors of the Mount Hebron Regional Council recognized that intensive road construction works were also being conducted in their area.

In the area of ​​the Palestinian town of Bnei Naim and at the site of Umm Daraj, near the settlement of Carmel, the patrols identified works for the construction of lateral roads, leading to the longitudinal road in the heart of the Judean Desert.

"They dismantled the entire agreed reservation," said one of the rangers in frustration.

"Where are the green organizations?"

"This is a reserve that must be preserved as a nature reserve," accuses the head of the Mount Hebron Council, Yohai Demari.

"The Arabs are breaking up roads, and no one is being compensated here. Where are the green organizations that will get back on their feet? Why don't the KMTs in the Civil Administration send the inspection?

It is not clear to me.

We keep losing the country.

"These are significant infrastructure works, which cost tens of millions of shekels. There is an entity here that finances them, and we need to check whether it is the Palestinian Authority or entities on behalf of foreign countries - an even more serious matter, since it is an infringement of Israel's sovereignty. We need to stop this phenomenon immediately."

The municipality of Bnei Naim, it should be noted, do not deny at all that these are works on their behalf, but claim that these are agricultural roads.

"The municipality of Bnei Naim continues with the project of dividing and paving agricultural roads in the Masafar area," they wrote in a Facebook post at the end of January this year.

"This project is designed to make it easier for farmers to access their land, and help them utilize it in an optimal way."

However, from maps obtained by "Israel Hayom" it appears that these are not normal operating roads for farmers at all, but lateral roads that are being paved as part of a master plan for Palestinian transportation - the purpose of which is to pave a continuous road from the north of Samaria, through the Afula area to the south of Mount Hebron - and to create a kind of cross-border road "That.

The roads in Judea and Samaria are extremely congested, and are not suitable for the size of the population - about 2.5 million Israelis and Palestinians.

While Israel is procrastinating on building new roads, the Palestinians are engaged in breaking through a road of critical width, which will be for their exclusive use and which will severely damage nature and the landscape.

When the construction of the entire road is finished, it will probably be the only road that crosses Yosh in its entirety - that is, a Palestinian territorial continuum from the north of Samaria to the south of Mount Hebron.

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Source: israelhayom

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