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Latest update : 2014-02-25

Palestinians say that ever since Mideast peace talks resumed in August, Israelis have been sweeping into the fertile Jordan Valley. FRANCE 24’s Gallagher Fenwick reports from the land at the source of new tensions between Israelis and Palestinians.

Palestinians are voicing alarm over what they claim is a steep increase in the demolition of their homes in the area since US-brokered negotiations resumed last year.

Local farmers say the Israeli authorities are interested in the land, which represents one quarter of the West Bank, because it is one of the most fertile in the region, producing large quantities of dates and other food.

But Israeli authorities say the issue is strategic, since the Jordan Valley shares a key border with the kingdom of Jordan to the East. They say Israel must prepare to eventually secure this border should peace talks lead to an agreement and the establishment of a Palestinian state.

Palestinian leaders blast this as a false argument, saying that Israel is already looking for ways to retain control over a future independent Palestine.

To see FRANCE 24’s full report on the Jordan Valley click on the player above.

Date created : 2014-02-25

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