Palestinian Authority: We are operating in Jerusalem

Thursday, February 16, 2012 |  Ryan Jones

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, hailed by the West as a "moderate" leader, acknowledged on Wednesday that his government is violating signed agreements with Israel by operating in Jerusalem.

"East Jerusalem is the main part of the occupied Palestinian territories [sic]," Fayyad declared after admitting that the Palestinian Authority is "continuously trying to allocate resources inside the city," as reported by the Bethlehem-based Ma'an news agency.

"Israel must realize that there won't be any chance of a long lasting peace without East Jerusalem as the capital of an independent Palestinian state," Fayyad continued. "This land is ours."

Demonstrating his disregard for signed agreements, or even for truth, Fayyad stated that Israel's policy of trying to deny the Palestinian Authority's inroads into Jerusalem is contrary to the terms of the peace process.

In fact, the Israeli-Palestinian Interim Agreement ("Oslo 2") states in Article XVII (1a) that the Palestinian Authority will not have jurisdiction over areas "that will be negotiated in the permanent status negotations [including]: Jerusalem, settlements, specified military locations, Palestinian refugees, borders, foreign relations and Israelis."

In other words, the Palestinian Authority is barred by this interim agreement from exercising any kind of authority in Jerusalem. But, Palestinian leaders have never let the letter of the law or historical fact get in their way, and are accustomed to twisting or disregarding those conditions that don't fit their agenda.

It should also be noted that the above article from the Interim Agreement also prohibits the Palestinian Authority from conducting foreign relations at this time. However, the Palestinian Authority today has a foreign minister and operates official embassies and other diplomatic missions in 142 nations.

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