While the PA has responsibility for planning and zoning in Areas A and B, it has no authority to oversee Palestinian development in Area C. As a result, the 300,000 Palestinians living in Area C are in a constant state of crippling limbo, as Israel does not grant them building permits and issues demolition orders for the structures that they build. This situation has been recently highlighted surrounding the pending demolition of the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar, but it is far more widespread, with over 11,000 Palestinian structures in Area C affecting over 200,000 Palestinians under current demolition orders.
Creating Contiguity: The 10% Plan
Commuting between Area A and Area B often requires crossing Area C, which is under exclusive Israeli control. The inability of Palestinians to travel fluidly throughout Arab West Bank cities and villages has dramatically weakened PA state-building, including a hindered Palestinian police force.
The resdesignation from C to B requires no legislation can can be done via Israeli cabinet decision. Alternatively, it can be accomplished by transferring to the PA some of the authorities over those specific segments of Area C, especially zoning and planning, that are presently under the authority of the IDF regional commander.