Regavim 'Declares' Palestinian State Using Highway Flags
PLO flags adorn an Israeli highway junction in Judea and Samaria

Thousands of Judea and Samaria residents were startled to discover on Sunday morning that central junctions throughout Judea and Samaria were decorated with PLO flags. The flags, hung on highway light poles in a manner befitting the visit of a foreign dignitary, generated hundreds of angry calls to municipal councils in the area from settlers who were certain this had been the doing of the gang from Ramallah. Images of the offending flags (in Area C, which is controlled by Israel) were quickly spread through the social media.

Regavim 'Declares' Palestinian State Using Highway Flags
Regavim activist hanging up PLO flag

PA operatives did hang up PLO flags on street lamps in the past, on Route 1, near the disputed Khan al-Ahmar, which has been slated for demolition by Israel's High Court of Justice.

According to the Regavim movement, it was behind the secret operation overnight Sunday, in which hundreds of flags were hung by several work crews on cherry pickers. The flags were hung along Route 60 from Gush Etzion to Mount Hebron, and along Route 5 in Samaria.

According to the Regavim statement, it decided to shock Israelis by illustrating what the future has in store for them should illegal Palestinian construction in Area C continue without interruption, which would allow for the establishment of a Palestinian State according to the Fayyad plan.

Salam Fayyad, the former prime minister of the Palestinian Authority, in 2009 came out with a plan called "Palestine: Ending the Occupation, Establishing the State," to reform the PA and build new infrastructure in all of Judea and Samaria, to establish a "de facto Palestinian State," ready to be sanctioned by world powers.

The Regavim operation Sunday morning is part of its wakeup-call campaign "Terror State Around the Corner."

Regavim 'Declares' Palestinian State Using Highway Flags
Regavim activist hanging up PLO flag

Regavim has recently cited disturbing data (Report: 28,000 Illegal Arab Structures Erected in Area C, Ushering Palestinian State) showing that the number of illegal Arab structures in Judea and Samaria has almost doubled in the last decade, from the start of Prime Minister Netanyahu's second term in 2009. In 2009, the number of illegal structures in Area C stood at 29,784. In 2018, it has mushroomed to 58,435 structures.

Regavim CEO Meir Deutsch said in a statement, "We understand the anger of local residents who were exposed to our operation, but we also understand that a terrorist state is around the corner. The public in Judea and Samaria has fallen asleep at the wheel. The flags we planted will not determine the future of Judea and Samaria, but the tens of thousands of buildings built over the past decade and tens of thousands of acres of land that have been taken over by the PA with the assistance of European countries will certainly determine the future of Area C. It is time for the Israeli government to act to stop the Fayyad plan, not with words but with action. It is doable, and it is the order of the day."

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