Palestinians unveil Jordan Valley fund as annexation looms


The fertile Jordan Valley, which Israel plans to annex together with Jewish settlements within the occupied West Bank, is home to 10,000 settlers, who dwell alongside some 65,000 Palestinians (AFP Photo/JAAFAR ASHTIYEH)

Ramallah (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) – The Palestinian Authority has introduced a multi-million-dollar fund to assist residents of the Jordan Valley, simply days earlier than Israel intends to begin annexing the strategic swathe of the occupied West Bank.

“The government has decided to establish projects to support the residents of the Jordan Valley,” Palestinian prime minister Mohammed Shtayyeh instructed AFP on Wednesday.

The scheme can be carried out inside days and quantity to 35 million Israeli shekels ($10 million), the premier stated.

The financing will largely deal with agricultural enhancements, though it additionally contains training and well being initiatives.

Additionally, Shtayyeh stated the PA will “allocate land to all Palestinians who want to invest in the Jordan Valley.”

Palestinians drastically outnumber Jewish settlers within the fertile valley, which makes up about 30 % of the occupied West Bank.

But Israel considers the world important to its safety and intends to take steps in the direction of annexing it, together with Jewish settlements throughout the West Bank, from July 1.

President Donald Trump promised US blessing for the annexations as a part of a controversial peace plan he unveiled in January that has been angrily rejected by the Palestinians as a violation of worldwide regulation.

The plan broke with longstanding worldwide consensus on the Israeli-Palestinian battle and has been opposed by Washington’s Arab and European allies in addition to the United Nations.