A proposed bill legalizing Israeli colony outposts in occupied Palestinian territories is perceived by Palestinians as a dangerous proposal, which should be fought on all fronts, both at home and in the international arena.
The bill received preliminary approval from the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, on Tuesday, but will need second and third readings before it can pass into law.
According to Tayseer Khaled, a member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), the Israeli legislation to legalize the outposts in the West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem turns a great portion of those outposts into neighborhoods attached to existing colonies, and establishes the rest as new colonies, totally burying the two-state solution once and for all, claims a senior Palestinian official.
Khaled added Israel is creating new facts on the ground on a daily basis, with the latest Israeli legislation aimed at legalizing 150 outposts inhabited by between 10,000 and 15,000 Israeli colonists.
“This legislation shows no respect for the international community and its relevant will, treaties and conventions,” Khaled told Gulf News. “Palestinians have to recognize that there is no place on their own occupied land for a Palestinian state.”
Khaled said that the Israelis will never allow a bi-national state for both peoples in historical Palestine, and this particular claim by some Israeli politicians is merely an Israeli political game. Israel, he said, will never allow such a state to emerge, because it would lose its core meaning and essence as a so-called “Jewish state”; the Israelis want their state to be a home for the Jewish people, and a bi-national state would prevent them from reaching that goal, he said.
“The Israeli colonists will establish their own state in the West Bank and within the state of the apartheid Israel, with the Palestinians living in their cantons under autonomous self-rule. The Palestinian leadership will be forced to rule over a Palestinian population that has no land,” he said. “There will be no more West Bank, no more occupied territories left for the Palestinians. It will really just be Judea and Samaria,” he said, referring to the Jewish name for the West Bank.
Khaled, on the other hand, warned that the Israeli legislation was a potentially serious issue that would have catastrophic implications in the near future. “The Israelis have their own legislations, and so do the Palestinians,” he said, adding that it is time for the Palestinians to impose counter-legislations to counteract those of the Israelis.
Khaled alleged that Israel does not show any respect for the judicial system in matters related to the Palestinians.
“We should not rely on the Israeli higher court of justice, whose rulings mean nothing to the colonist gangsters who constitute the governing coalition in Israel,” he said. “Palestinians who have many cards yet to play should not stand still with cuffed hands and shut mouths against this unprovoked Israeli discrimination and racism.”
Khaled said that the Palestinians must match their political and diplomatic maneuvers in the international arena with some practical moves on the ground.
“Political efforts will have no results unless they are attached to equally serious moves on the ground in order to counter the Israeli moves,” he said. “The Palestinians should impose legislation that puts the entire West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem under the jurisdiction of the Palestinian courts.”
Khaled further told Gulf News that any kind of Israeli violation against the Palestinian territories will be addressed and handled in keeping with international law.
“The Palestinians should also suspend the security coordination with the Israelis, cancel the Paris Economic Protocol, and liberate the Palestinian populace and land registries from Israeli control with immediate effect, as a practical response to the proposed Israeli legislation.”