Israel Violates Oslo Accords In Area B, Reports Haaretz

aspacpalestine.com – West Bank. The Israeli army’s civil administration in the occupied West Bank has repeatedly violated the Oslo Accords in recent months by carrying out various work in areas supposedly under the control of the Palestinian Authority, Haaretz has reported. The newspaper said that the Israeli authorities have evacuated Palestinian facilities in so-called Area B in the West Bank, which falls under PA civilian control and Israeli military control.

The Israeli authorities justify their permanent violations of the Oslo Accords by arguing that the Palestinians are not committed to applying the law to areas under PA control.

“Israel’s action in Area B is being carried out for the first time in years to protect the environment by evacuating installations that represent environmental damage to nature,” said one Israeli source. “This was done with the approval of the Israeli government’s legal advisor.”

However, according to Israeli expert on urban planning Alon Cohen-Lifshitz, while the civil administration works within the Palestinian areas using the justification of preserving the environment, it refrains from exercising its influence in the Israeli settlements and army camps in the West Bank.

The Oslo Agreement signed in 1993 between the Palestine Liberation Organisation and Israel provided for the division of the West Bank into three areas: Area A is under full Palestinian control; Area B is under PA civilian control and Israeli security control; and Area C is under the full control of the Israeli government.

 

Source: middleeastmonitor.com

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