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Shtayyeh charges that Israel is blocking Palestinian progress on environment

Sue Surkes is The Times of Israel's environment reporter.

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh arrives for the COP26 UN Climate Summit in Glasgow on November 1, 2021. (Photo by PHIL NOBLE / POOL / AFP)
Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh arrives for the COP26 UN Climate Summit in Glasgow on November 1, 2021. (Photo by PHIL NOBLE / POOL / AFP)

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh blames Israel for the difficulties Palestinians face in transitioning toward a green economy.

Addressing the United Nations climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland, Shtayyeh slams Israel and Israeli settlers for allegedly building settlements on what was green land, uprooting olive and other trees, and refusing to allow Palestinians to erect solar panels on their land in Area C of the West Bank.

Shtayyeh, who praises Saudi Arabia for announcing that it will set up a fund to help the Middle East transition toward a green economy, adds the “Israeli occupation is the main stumbling block to moving toward a sustainable future.”

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