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Window for Palestinian State “Rapidly Closing” –
European Union Report
By Nureddin Sabir
Editor of Redress Information & Analysis
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, January 18, 2012
A European Union study (a copy of which is also available
here) says that expanding Israeli settlement in the West Bank and limits
imposed on Palestinian movement and building are eroding the chances of a
The study calls on EU states "in coordination
with other international actors" to "systematically voice objections" to
measures to evict Palestinians from areas under Israeli control.
16-page internal study by EU heads of mission in Jerusalem and Ramallah
focuses on the Israeli-run Area C, which makes up 62 per cent of the
occupied West Bank.
"Area C comprises crucial natural resources and
land for the future demographic and economic growth of a viable Palestinian
state," the study says.
“If current trends are not stopped and reversed, the
establishment of a viable Palestinian state within the
pre-1967 borders seems more remote than ever.”
A 1995 interim accord between Israel and the Palestinians divides the
West Bank into Area A (under full Palestinian control), Area B (under shared
Israeli-Palestinian control) and Area C.
Area C includes the border with Jordan which Israel insists must remain
under its military control in any agreement with the Palestinians.
The study says that Area C is a vital component in a future Palestinian
state based on the borders which predated Israel's occupation in the 1967
"If current trends are not stopped and reversed, the
establishment of a viable Palestinian state within the pre-1967 borders
seems more remote than ever," it says.
"The window for a two-state
solution is rapidly closing with the continued expansion of Israeli
settlements and access restrictions for Palestinians in Area C," the study
The study, entitled "Area C and Palestinian State Building", is
dated July 2011 but has been kept confidential until now.
to the French news agency AFP, the study “follows an unprecedented report by
EU ambassadors in Israel made public last month which voiced concern about
the Jewish state's treatment of its Arab minority, and looks likely to place
further strain on EU-Israel relations which have been frosty of late”.
In a written statement to AFP, EU foreign policy chief Catherine
Ashton's spokesperson, Maja Kocijancic, said that the study “is intended to
serve as a source of information for the European Union and as an input to
its policy-making process”.