Building in Area C of the occupied West Bank is a Palestinian right and not up for exchange with illegal Israeli settlements, today said Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh reacting to the Israeli government decision to approve the construction of 715 housing units for Palestinians and 6,000 units in the illegal settlements in the Israeli-controlled Area C as classified by the 1993 Oslo Accords between the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and Israel.
“Building on land classified as 'C’ is a right for Palestinians that is not up for exchange with settlements or to treat both as the same,” he said in a statement.
He said that the Oslo classification of land into A, B and C “no longer exists because Israel has violated and terminated the interim Oslo agreement.”
Shtayyeh insisted that “we do not need permission from the occupying power to build our homes on our lands.”
He said that the Israeli government decision, which he described as pathetic, “is aimed at deceiving international public opinion, legitimizing the settlements and attempting to equate Palestinian construction on their lands with the colonial settlement construction that steals the land, the water and the air.”
He stressed that “the settlements are illegitimate and illegal and will end as they ended in many countries and our right to our land will prevail despite all these decisions."