Palestinian roads: cementing statehood, or Israeli annexation?

At The Nation, Nadia Hijab and Jesse Rosenfeld write:

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad has staked his political credibility on securing a Palestinian state by 2011 in the entire West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, a program enthusiastically embraced by the international community. Ambitious PA plans include roads and other infrastructure across the West Bank, with funds provided by the United States, Europe and other donors.

Fayyad has argued that development will make the reality of a Palestinian state impossible to ignore. However, many of the new roads facilitate Israeli settlement expansion and pave the way for the seizure of main West Bank highways for exclusive Israeli use.

For decades Israel has carried out its own infrastructure projects in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. These include a segregated road network that, together with the separation wall Israel began building in 2002, divides Palestinian areas from each other while bringing the settlements–all of which are illegal under international law–closer to Israel.

Now, armed with information from United Nations sources and their own research, Palestinian nongovernmental organizations are raising the alarm. Their evidence spotlights the extent to which PA road-building is facilitating the Israeli goal of annexing vast areas of the West Bank–making a viable Palestinian state impossible.

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2 thoughts on “Palestinian roads: cementing statehood, or Israeli annexation?

  1. pabelmont

    This is a fake problem. “Facts on the ground” are not legal facts and are not, in facts, permanent facts. Just look at all the things Israel (not to mention the USA) has destroyed with bombs! Facts, indeed.

    If a Democratic Single State (DSS) ever replaces the current Apartheid Single State (ASS), all the roads will be usable by all the people.

    If there is a Palestinian State (PS) to replace the Palestinian Authority (PA), the Israeli-Only roads within its territory will become Palestinian roads.

    The PA and Hamas (or its friends) should be asking the UNSC to address the WALL and SETTLEMENTS first at the level of finger-shaking (tsk-tsk-ing) and later at the level of chapter VII enforcement. It’s time for Palestine to recover its land (and its highways).

  2. omop

    A bothersome fact. To change will cost $40 million.

    How many crippled or paralyzed US service personnel can be helped with $40 million American txpayers money?
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