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facts on the ground is a diplomatic term that means the situation in reality as opposed to in the abstract. It originated in discussions of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, where it was used to refer to Israeli settlements built in the occupied West Bank, which were intended to establish permanent Israeli footholds in Palestinian territory. It is a calque of the Hebrew term "Uvdot Ba'Shetach" (עובדות בשטח) which is frequently used in Israeli political debates and discussions. The map project by Americans for peace Now which tracks the Israeli settlements is called "facts on the ground".


Writing in 2010, Rashid Khalidi notes: "One reason Israel continues to build settlements is that, according to the so-called Clinton parameters laid down in 2000, a final Israeli–Palestinian agreement would grant sovereignty over Jewish-occupied areas to Israel, and Palestinian-inhabited areas to the new Palestinian State. Indeed, well over a decade of failed negotiations have only led to an acceleration of Israel’s land grab in the Holy City. Israeli planners have spent this time pushing settlers into heavily Arab-inhabited areas of the city, such as Sheikh Jarrah, Silwan, and Abu Dis, in order to create fresh “facts on the ground”—a tactic used by the Zionist movement for over a century in order to obtain control over more and more of Palestine."

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The village is one of 241 Palestinian communities in the Israeli-controlled West Bank -- a zone known as Area C -- that lack services because "Israel practically bans Palestinian construction" while helping Jewish settlements grow, according to the ...
For two decades, Israeli leaders and their neoconservative backers in this country, hell-bent on building and expanding settlements on Palestinian land, have worked to undermine America's stated efforts -- and paid no price. Now .... In the two-plus ...
Yaffa and New York Times correspondent Neil MacFarquhar suggest that Putin is creating new facts on the ground in Syria and the Baltics before the next U.S.
It only means changing a few letters and the order of three words, but for Nabil Marouf, representative of Palestine in Canada, there's much at stake when it comes to the name of his mission.

A Palestinian boy walks over the rubble of a house that overlooks the Israeli separation barrier, background, and was demolished by the Israeli army, in the West Bank village of Qalandia, near Ramallah, Tuesday, July 26, 2016. .... In the two-plus ...
... Israelis and sympathized with their yearning for a secure state," Mike wrote in a piece about his coverage of Israel. "I have similar feelings about the Palestinians. But I'm an American reporter, a Jew who believes in going after facts on the ...
In response to the Unesco draft resolution that emphasises the indissoluble connection between Al Haram al Sharif (the Noble Sanctuary) and Islam, and criticises the belligerent Israeli practices in Jerusalem, especially at its holy sites, Netanyahu ...
Israel has suspended cooperation with Unesco, the United Nations' cultural agency, accusing it of downplaying Israel's connection to a Jerusalem hilltop considered sacred in both Islam and Judaism, after one of the agency's committees approved a ...
Strikes me as a similar situation with Israel and the West Bank - while "negotiations" are going on, the Israelis are simply creating more "facts on the ground" - so that even if these folks ever establish a legal right - a) the damage has already been ...
A Palestinian boy walks over the rubble of a house that overlooks the Israeli separation barrier, background, and was demolished by the Israeli army, in the West Bank village of Qalandia, near Ramallah, Tuesday, July 26, 2016. .... In the two-plus ...
... Israelis and sympathized with their yearning for a secure state," Mike wrote in a piece about his coverage of Israel. "I have similar feelings about the Palestinians. But I'm an American reporter, a Jew who believes in going after facts on the ...
In response to the Unesco draft resolution that emphasizes the indissoluble connection between Al-Haram Al-Sharif (the Noble Sanctuary) and Islam and criticizes the Israeli belligerent practices in Jerusalem, especially in its holy sites; Netanyahu ...
[LobeLog contributor Lara Friedman spoke representing Americans for peace Now before the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) at an unprecedented special session organized to examine the issue of "Illegal Israeli settlements: An Obstacle to Peace and ...
Mr. Netanyahu and other Israeli officials consider Unesco's resolutions on Israel to be hopelessly politicized, says David Makovsky, an expert on the Middle East peace process at the Washington Institute For Near East Policy, in an interview with The ...
"In recent years, archaeological discoveries in the ancient city of Jerusalem and throughout the Land of Israel have uncovered key findings that present a powerful and convincing case for the biblical story and for the Jewish claim to Israel - even for ...
"They can change facts on the ground with the building of settlements, expropriation of land, and expulsion of families from homes.
Over the past week, Palestinians have watched as world leaders heaped praise and affection on the late Israeli president and prime minister, Shimon Peres, eulogizing him as a visionary politician dedicated to peace with the Palestinians and Israel's ...
Netanyahu wants to use Israel's formidable power as a tool to subjugate the Palestinians, maintain the occupation, and create irrevocable facts on the ground that would make it impossible for his successor to reverse, thereby preventing the ...
The United States has long believed, and we continue to believe, that it's within the clear interest of Israel's national security to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in a way that allows a democratic and Jewish State of Israel to live side by ...
Ramallah, West Bank - Now that the funeral of Shimon Peres, the former Israeli president and prime minister, is over and the effusive praise of world leaders has subsided, it's time for a critical look at his legacy.
However, he will forever be known around the world as the architect of the Oslo Accords, the peace agreements secretly negotiated and initialed by Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in 1993, which led to substantial Israeli ...
Nasser Bin Mohamed Al-Ali, said yesterday, at the 60th session of the IAEA General Conference, which is currently being held in Vienna: "The facts on the ground say that great strides and achievements have been made in the field of peaceful use of ...
Attempts by the Israeli regime to change the status quo have led to escalation of violence and tensions which claimed the lives of over 200 Palestinians and 33 Israelis since last year. Jewish groups illegally entering the premises have the full ...
Netanyahu wants to use Israel's formidable power as a tool to subjugate the Palestinians, maintain the occupation, and create irrevocable facts on the ground that would make it impossible for his successor to reverse, thereby preventing the ...
Our stand on the Palestinian cause is unwavering. The government will continue providing every possible support to the brotherly Palestinians and defending their sacred right to establish their independent state, with Jerusalem as its capital, within ...
Fatah is regarded as the first bullet, the first rock and the backbone of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, which led the Palestinian revolution unrivalled for decades until Hamas was founded and competed with Fatah over leadership and ...
So how do our Jewish leaders square their position with the international consensus, including on the part of the UN, EU, United States and the British government, that the Settlements are illegal and an obstacle to making peace with the Palestinians ...
The Iranian missile program has been a source of significant concern for regional powers, including Israel, as well as Europe and the United States.
His work has put him at the center of negotiations between Israel and Palestine, and he's helped craft U.S. policy toward the former Soviet Union, the 1991 Gulf War coalition and many other key players in recent history.
It was on the U.S. list of "terror sponsoring" nations due to its support for groups that Israel considers terrorists. Still the U.S.
We have been seeing in Syria in recent days more and more direct involvement in the conflict by Turkey, Israel and the United States.
Israel's central strategy is withdrawing from the West Bank and maintaining a blockade of humanitarian aid to Gaza. Furthermore, Israel refuses any humanitarian aid to Palestinians, and the Israel-Palestine conflict is largely solved by Palestinians ...
U.S. "military assistance," more accurately understood as a circular flow through which U.S. weapons firms profit off the colonization of Palestinian land and Israeli destabilization of the surrounding states, is a long-term structuring element of the ...
Beijing may be subtle in its rhetoric, but it is brutally frank in its aims: to dominate East Asia, to assert unacceptable claims to international waters and create "facts on the ground" on islands whose sovereignty is in doubt, and to replace the ...
West invaded: colonized Muslim countries, propped-up dictatorships, stole land and gave it to Israel, and etc. etc. I don't see a lot of the .... any more than Israel did. The collective wisdom that insisted that solving the Israeli-Arab conflict was ...
Administrations of both parties have long recognized that settlement activity and efforts to change facts on the ground undermine the goal of a two-state solution.
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is often more a war of narratives than of weapons (though there are plenty of weapons).
Shortly after the 1948 establishment of the State of Israel on Palestinian land, the Israeli Knesset passed a "Law of Return" entitling any Jew anywhere in the world to settle in the new entity.
A few days ago, a video interview with Alan Baker, Israel's former ambassador to Canada (as well as military prosecutor and senior legal adviser in the Israeli army's international law division), was released, under the title: "international law expert ...
These lofty ideals are increasingly being challenged by the facts on the ground in the form of the steadily deteriorating situation both in the EU (including Germany) and the EU's politically relevant immediate neighbourhood from which the refugees ...


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