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This Caterpillar engine has interested me for a while now because it's a civilian engine, made for construction, but it's been used in warfare, in war zones since the Vietnam war. In Iraq and all the wars until now it's been used. And the piece in the Biennale, more specifically the D9T, which is one type of Caterpillar engine that is used in the West Bank and in Gaza.
At the same time, Israel should not undertake any activity that contravenes its road map obligations, or prejudices the final status negotiations with regard to Gaza, the West Bank and Jerusalem. This means that Israel must remove unauthorised posts and stop settlement expansion.
This is unique in that it's located in the West Bank, in area C of the West Bank and we are able to employ people of different kinds, the Palestinians, side by side with Israeli Arabs and with Israeli Jews.
We will not allow ourselves to miss this opportunity. We will not allow anyone to say Israelis had an opportunity and they didn't try in the most serious manner. Israel can expect not to be asked to pull out of certain settlement blocks which would change the demographic nature of the West Bank.
It's accepted politically that if there are no results, in these negotiations or in future ones, the line of the wall – adjusted more or less to the so-called 'Green Line' – can be used to establish the borders of the Israeli state with the Palestinians. From the Palestinian point of view, this wall has already been used to annex around 10% of West Bank territory, beyond that 'Green Line.
What we have to know is whether Hamas is going to have any say in the security of the West Bank and whether the government or Hamas in that case is going to allow Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian President to negotiate on peace with Israel.
Jerusalem is becoming lost for the Palestinians. The wall around Jerusalem is nearly finished. It isolates Jerusalem from the rest of the West Bank.
All our life is directly linked to Jerusalem. For the papers, the stamps, legal procedures, schools, hospitals, health… everything is in Jerusalem. I just go to the West Bank, to Ramallah, once a year.
Israeli settlers have expressed anger in many areas of the West Bank. This is accompanied by the heavy tightening of security at the barriers and checkpoints which separate Palestinian cities and Israeli settlements to prevent any possible friction between the two sides.
New construction in East Jerusalem and the West Bank undermines that mutual trust and endangers the proximity talks that are the first step towards the full negotiations that both sides say they want and need, and exposes daylight between Israel and the United States, that others in the region hope to exploit.
I am not so sure. We have learnt, and the experience of Israel shows, that after letting the Hamas people become a political movement, they gained the majority, and are ruling the streets of Gaza. People are saying that in the next election they will rule the places of Judea and Samaria, which means the West Bank.
We are currently in a 10-month moratorium on all new settlement construction. But of course in Israel we make a clear distinction between the West Bank and in Jerusalem. Jerusalem is our capital and it will remain as such.
The withheld taxes have to be given to the legal government of the Palestinians today. The second thing that cannot wait is to do something rapidly on access and movement among the Palestinians, in particular in the West Bank. And the third thing that cannot wait is to begin thinking very carefully about political process. The political horizon is very interesting but we have to make the horizon come back to the present as soon as possible.
Don't listen to the voices of the extremists that want a continuation of the occupation. You are looking for stability for your sons and grandsons. I hope [Israeli Prime Minister Ariel] Sharon understands that it's not only Gaza – the West Bank is also still occupied.
Let me correct you, the movement is not controlling, but we govern according to the results of the election and because the West's policy is against the development of the Islamic policy, it is described as controlling. We must govern in Gaza and in the West Bank and Jerusalem, because that is the results of the elections.
Israeli interests over religion, security, water and territory are concentrated in the West Bank, not in Gaza. Sharon achieved that by the unilateral withdrawal from Gaza, then separating it from the West Bank, geographically and by siege. This enabled the coup in Gaza in 2007, which led to additional separation: politically. During his rule, he imposed a blockade on President Yasser Arafat. He kept up his calls to get rid of Arafat. This confirms that he had a role in killing Arafat, and we are still looking at the conditions of the siege and investigating the murder of President Abu Ammar.
We must strike hard at the people of Hamas and its infrastructure in the West Bank. We won't rest till we get the last of them, wherever they try to hide, no matter how long it takes.
This atrocity is the direct result of the decision by President Abbas to unite with Hamas, allowing them to re-establish their presence in the West Bank. We call upon President Abbas to unequivocally and immediately break his alliance with Hamas.
Fatah have refused to take part in any national, regional, and Arabian negotiations to release Hamas prisoners in the West Bank. The convening of this congress coincides with an unprecedented media campaign by Fatah against our leaders in the West Bank, this will make starting dialogue again even more difficult and more complicated.
President Abbas took a step in the wrong direction this week. We opposed his resolution but we also need to see that the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank still offers the most compelling alternative to rockets and permanent resistance. So particularly in light of today's announcement let me reiterate that this administration, like previous administrations, has been very clear with Israel: that these activities setback the cause of a negotiated peace.
Preparedness and readiness for establishing the state are different from a state itself, that is another matter. The concept of an independent state with full sovereignty over the entire land occupied since 1967 in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank and East Jerusalem, of course, requires ending the Israeli occupation. What we declared is the readiness and this is witnessed by the international community about a year ago.
In 2011, Israel destroyed about 46 water utilities in the West Bank. For example, they annihilated wells collecting water which dated back to Roman times. In addition Israel does not allow us – in the Palestinian National Authority – to dig water wells until we obtain licenses authorised by them.
President Abbas, the US has failed to bring about an end to Israel's settlement-building policy in the West Bank. The Americans have brandished their veto when questions over censure of Israel came up in the UN Security Council. Do you still count on the US to advance the peace process?
In the West Bank the percentage of those who are registered to vote is 77%. That's high compared to elsewhere in the world. Gaza has a smaller percentage since we haven't been able to update our registry since 2007.
The protesters here are insisting on continuing the protest, resisting the Israeli attacks on the West Bank and calling on Palestinian security forces to remove restrictions and allow them to reach the Israeli border.
If you want a Jewish state in all of historical Palestine, if you want to put Israeli settlements all over the West Bank, then you don't want this peace. If you are ready to accept to give back the West Bank and the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem in return for peace you can have it tomorrow morning.
Around 600 new houses have been built all over the settlements in the West Bank. This not really a settlement freeze, this is more like a continue of settlement expansion. The only positive thing is that the government is not issuing any new tenders for housing construction but the settlers find their way to take some old plans and to implement them in the West Bank.
I think it came as a consistent policy for the Israeli government to continue their aggression against our people in the West Bank and Gaza City. But I confirm that there is an agreement, which is an agreement for a ceasefire.
Today the first convoy wil leave from here, from the West Bank, from Palestinian soil towards Syria. Soon we'll have more trucks from the West Bank and Palestinian land.
This protest is a condemnation of the Israeli crimes against our people in the West Bank and Jerusalem – in particular the kidnapping and burning of Mohammed Abu Khdeir. Hamas will never allow these crimes break the will of the Palestinian people.
This atrocity is the direct result of the pact between the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and the Hamas terrorists, a pact that allowed Hamas to re-establish its presence in the West Bank. President Abbas must now immediately annul his pact with Hamas.
The E1 settlement announced by Israel is a red line. I tell you, a red line. Not because it divides the West Bank, and this is correct, but just because it's settlement activity. So we say this should not happen, and if it will happen we will take legitimate steps and by law, stop Israel from doing this.