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 facts on the ground in the occupied territories of Palestine

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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At least seven Palestinians were killed and hundreds injured by Israeli security forces confronting one of the largest Palestinian demonstrations along the Israel-Gaza border in recent years, ... You are confusing your hatred, fantasies, and wishful thinking about Israel's army with the cold facts on the ground.

The annexation included approximately 69,000 Palestinians who lived on the land. Since 1967, Israel has limited Palestinian power, ownership, and habitation in the Jerusalem area while at the same time increasing Jewish-Israeli presence and control. While Jerusalem remains the only officially annexed ...
The book covers the entirety of the Palestinian people in historic Palestine, with chapters on Gaza, the West Bank, East Jerusalem, 1948 Israel, as well ... I found the “Facts on the Ground” essays most helpful, as each contribution in that section looks at the specific circumstances of Palestinians in one of the ...
Under Bibi's leadership—some Israelis would call it kingship—Israel is nothing if not rapidly becoming the modern day's developed Western rogue state. ... to maintain a 50-year military occupation which mandates Israel to have every Israeli high school graduate pick up a gun and point it at Palestinians!
Even former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak's offer to surrender most of the eastern half of the Holy City didn't result in an agreement. In fact, it preceeded precisely the opposite - an explosion of violence. Pretending that Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel to avoid Palestinian outbursts is akin to a parent ...
The Knesset passed legislation on February 12 that applies Israeli law to settler academic institutions in the occupied West Bank, such as Ariel University, founded in an Israeli settlement of the same name near the Palestinian town of Salfit. Simultaneously, the justice ministry is advancing a law that would ...
His agenda also includes talks with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as with Palestinian President ... Even though the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians has effectively ground to a halt, German diplomacy is still insisting that they must not ...
Since the signing of the Oslo Accords, the Palestinian Authority has put all its eggs in the American basket and what it has received in return is metastasising Israeli settlements in the West Bank, facts on the ground designed to render a Palestinian state an impossibility. The world screamed in outrage when ...
The Palestinian Authority believes that the United States will reveal an Israeli-Palestinian blueprint for peace in the weeks ahead, amid increased pressure from ... The Palestinians have been seeking out alternative peace partners to the US since Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, ...
Since 1967, Israel has acted to reinforce a clear Jewish majority in Jerusalem through incentives and massive building for Israelis while simultaneously imposing legal and bureaucratic restrictions on Palestinian building and permanent residency status. In spite of Israeli policy making in Jerusalem, the ...


 

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