Palestinians Destroy Their Own Olive Groves

Ad Feedback

JERUSALEM, Israel - Palestinian claims that Jewish neighbors in Judea and Samaria harass olive pickers and destroy their groves are libelous, said the former head of the Yesha Council.

To prove the point, Benzi Lieberman, former chairman of the Council of Jewish Communities of Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip , accompanied a tree-clearing expert to a Palestinian olive grove allegedly destroyed by Jews.

"This expert, who didn't have any stake in either side of the dispute, saw the trees and determined they were most likely cut down by Arabs to maintain the grove, as is traditionally done," Lieberman said.

Palestinian farmers stage scenes of alleged destruction by Jewish citizens, he said.

"They benefit twice. Cutting the trees down benefits the groves, and they also benefit financially because the damage was supposedly caused by settlers," he said.

Lieberman accused left-wing activists of torpedoing an agreement between residents of the Jewish community of Itamar and Arab neighbors.

"Village representatives would have gone to the community and, along with Itamar residents, evaluated the crop's yield and determined the sum Palestinians would receive for the harvest," Lieberman said. "The extreme left prevented this," he said.

"If we don't' protect the individual rights of the Palestinians, our neighbors will break our hold and our roots in Judea and Samaria. We have an interest in maintaining what belongs to them and what belongs to us," Lieberman said.

Source: Haaretz

Log in or create an account to post a comment.  


Are you seeking answers in life? Are you hurting? Are you facing a difficult situation?

Find peace with God, discover more about God or send us your prayer request.

Call The 700 Club Prayer Center at 1 (800) 823-6053, 24 hours a day.

A caring friend will be there to pray with you in your time of need.

CBN News

CBN News is a national/international, nonprofit news organization that provides programming by cable, satellite, and the Internet, 24-hours a day. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.