The program calls for mapping the territory to prove Palestinian rights to the land and monitoring Israeli archaeological activity.
(December 20, 2022 / JNS) A document composed by the European Union’s mission in eastern Jerusalem and defined as secret exposes the E.U.’s intention to help Palestinians gain control over Area C of Judea and Samaria, commonly known as the West Bank, Israel’s Channel 13 revealed on Monday.
Under the Oslo Accords, Judea and Samaria is divided into three zones with Area C falling fully under Israeli control.
The six-page document calls for mapping the territory in order to prove Palestinian rights to the land and monitoring Israeli archaeological activity, as ancient Jewish ties reinforce Israeli claims.
The document also recommends strengthening Palestinian infrastructure in Area C and supporting Palestinians with legal aid.
In response to Channel 13‘s expose, the E.U. said, “As a general rule, we do not refer to documents. The policy of the E.U. is created by its 27 member states. Our policy has not changed—we are committed to a two-state solution with Jerusalem as the future capital of both states.”
“It’s not content with accelerating the Palestinian takeover of Area C, it is important for it to thwart Israeli archaeological activity in Judea and Samaria lest the truth be revealed: ‘We have not taken foreign land, nor foreign property of our own; but the land of our ancestors…,’” he said, quoting the Book of the Maccabees.
Regavim, an Israeli nonprofit involved in land issues, said, “The State of Israel must take decisive action against this brazen meddling and prevent the establishment of a terrorist state in the heart of the Jewish homeland.”
Shlomo Ne’eman, head of the Gush Etzion Council and the Yesha Council, said the document shows “what we have been strongly asserting for years: The European Union is working maliciously together with the Palestinian Authority against the State of Israel.
“The matter is nothing less than bizarre—the allies of the State of Israel, the European governments, are actively working to change the borders of our country. In the past, this was a reason for wars between nations,” he said.
Ne’eman called on the incoming government to make the fight against the Palestinian takeover of Area C its No. 1 priority. “Leave everything else and preserve the nation’s lands, because there is nothing more important,” he said.