Palestinians seek to reclaim land seized from Israeli forces

The Palestinian group that controls the West Bank city of Nablus on the Golan Heights wants to reclaim some of the land that Israel seized from the Palestinians in 1967 and then destroyed in a war of attrition.

The West Bank City Council approved on Tuesday a resolution calling for an independent, international commission to oversee the rebuilding of the territory.

The group, known as the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), has called for the return of the area to the Jordan Valley, the Israeli-occupied Golan, or the Westbank, which Israel captured in the 1967 war and then turned over to the Palestinians.

The council said it has “no choice” but to pursue a commission, as the Palestinians are “not the owners of the West bank.”

“Our goal is to reclaim the land, as we have done for generations,” said Council Chairman Mohammad Ayman Abu Rudeineh, a former mayor of the city.

The resolution passed on a 24-16 vote, with six abstentions.

It does not name any international institutions or bodies that would oversee the land reclamation.

However, it would establish a commission of experts from international organizations that would help the Palestinian Authority (PA) implement its plans for rebuilding.

The Palestinian delegation to the international body would be appointed by the Palestinians and would be responsible for overseeing the work of the commission.

It is unclear whether the Palestinian delegation would be able to negotiate an agreement with the PLO for the reclamation of the Palestinian territory, which is the only one that Israel has occupied in the entire region.

However the resolution does make reference to the Palestinian demand that the international organization establish a committee to oversee “the reconstruction of the territories, including their natural resources, infrastructure and livelihood.”

The PLO was founded in 1994 in the wake of the Arab-Israeli War in the West Wall and later became an official organization.

Israel says the PLOs lands in the Gush Etzion bloc of the Jordan River Valley are part of its territory and that it is “intended to use its land to achieve the national and territorial goals of the state of Israel.”

The Palestinians say they want the lands to remain in their control, as part of the “right of return” for Palestinian refugees who fled the 1967 Arab-Israel War.

The Palestinians, however, have not ruled out the possibility of a two-state solution with Israel in which they would have equal rights with Israel and the West.

The PA is currently in negotiations with the Israeli government on the terms of the return, but it has not reached an agreement.

The PLOs resolution calls for a “political, administrative and security committee” to oversee rebuilding and said that this “shall consist of representatives of the PLOS, the Palestine Red Crescent, international organizations and local communities.”

A second resolution, passed by the Council’s administration committee, called for an international commission for the Palestinian territories to be tasked with rebuilding.

“The establishment of a committee is necessary in order to achieve peace and security in the occupied Palestinian territories,” it said.

“The establishment and the functioning of a Palestinian commission would ensure that the Palestinian national rights and the international recognition of the right of return will not be delayed.”