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No security, no peace, unless all Israeli settlements are removed from West Bank - PA Deputy Prime Minister

PA Deputy Prime Minister and PA Presidential Spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina: "The [Israeli] settlement[s] will disappear in the end. There will be no peace as long as there is one settlement on the Palestinian. Just as the settlements were removed from Gaza, they will be removed from the West Bank. Either a peace that is based on an independent, fully sovereign [Palestinian] state with East Jerusalem as its capital and without settlers or settlements, or else there will be no security, no stability, and no peace."

"Palestinian land" or "occupied Palestinian land" - Although the PA calls them “Palestinian land” or occupied “Palestinian land,” neither Jerusalem nor Area C of the West Bank, where more than 815,000 Israelis live, were ever in history “Palestinian land.” Designated for the Jewish state by international agreements, these areas were illegally occupied for 19 years by Jordan in 1948. Since 1967, these areas are under full Israeli jurisdiction and remain so unless otherwise agreed upon during negotiations. The Oslo Accords signed between Israel and the PLO reconfirm this status. Since both Israel and PA claim all or parts of Area C, the more accurate term for these territories today is “disputed territories.”

Nabil Abu Rudeina also serves as PA Minister of Information, Fatah Commissioner of Information, Culture, and Ideology, and Fatah Central Committee member.

Israeli disengagement from the Gaza Strip - In August-September 2005, Israel withdrew unilaterally from the Gaza Strip. All Israeli army installations and forces and over 9000 Israeli citizens living in 25 Jewish settlements were removed.

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