Illegal PA construction in Area C up 80% in 2022

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Arutz Sheva:  A report released by the Regavim Movement reveals that in 2022, illegal Palestinian construction in Area C, the portion of Judea and Samaria under full Israeli jurisdiction, increased by 80%. The report documents 5535 new illegal structures built in 2022, compared to 3076 structures in the same period in 2021.

In 2022, illegal PA construction in Area C of Judea and Samaria boomed, outpacing the already-alarming rate seen in 2021 by 80%. Regavim’s most recent report, based on data collected through meticulous fieldwork, aerial photography and GIS mapping, compared the situation on the ground in 2021 to that of 2022. The study covered the period of April 2021 through April 2022, analyzing the number of structures, the legal status of the land on which they were built and the jurisdictional lines dictated by international law.

Regavim’s exhaustive study indicates that in comparison to previous years, the data for the most recent period are unprecedented, both in quality and quantity. The structures built in recent months are not temporary shacks or makeshift shelters that characterized much of the illegal activity in earlier years:

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in 2022, new Palestinian construction is characterized by “palatial residences, sprawling holiday resorts, amusement and entertainment compounds and event halls, swimming pools and vacation villages, and high-rise residential and commercial towers.” In addition to the mass-scale construction, in many areas development and infrastructure work was carried out to lay the groundwork for future full-scale neighborhoods, such as at Khirbet Khattha near Tarkumiyeh and Lakef near Karnei Shomron.

Opinion: Oslo II agreed jurisdictions:

  • Area A = Palestinian control
  • Area B = Shared jurisdiction Israel/Arab
  • Area C = Israeli control

“They may build but I will throw down” says the Lord God. “They will be called the territory of Wickedness”. 

Areas A, B and C came into existence about 25 years ago, after they emerged in legal documents related to the Oslo negotiations – especially the interim agreement between Israel and the PLO signed in September 1995 known as the Oslo II Accord. The accord extended the jurisdiction of the newly formed Palestinian Authority to the major towns in Judea and Samaria (West Bank). The PA had secured jurisdiction over most of Gaza and Jericho a year-and-a-half earlier.

The descendants of Esau are allowed by the UN, EU and the Biden Administration to do as they please with no international condemnation. The reason is because of a made up lie that Israel is suppressing Arabs and forcing them into poverty, and that paying them to kill Jews is a natural by-product of Israeli repression.

That God’s word assigned the land to Jacob and his descendants forever is never part of the discussion –

To Jacob:

“May God give you heaven’s dew
    and earth’s richness—
    an abundance of grain and new wine.
29 May nations serve you
    and peoples bow down to you.
Be lord over your brothers,
    and may the sons of your mother bow down to you.
May those who curse you be cursed
    and those who bless you be blessed.” Genesis 27:28-29 NIV

To Esau:

“Your dwelling will be
    away from the earth’s richness,
    away from the dew of heaven above.
40 You will live by the sword
    and you will serve your brother.
But when you grow restless,
    you will throw his yoke
    from off your neck.” Genesis 27:39-40 NIV

With that, the title deed to the promised land was then, and always will, belong to Jacob. Esau’s anguished cry is still heard throughout 3500 years of history:

” … The days of mourning for my father are near; then I will kill my brother Jacob.” Genesis 27:41

While Esau’s descendants are still killing Jacob’s descendants, in the millennial reign of Jesus Christ Jacob will possess the original land grant that is many times larger than Israel is today.

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Esau will not.