“I want to say in a crystal clear manner that the current Israeli government will not accept in any fashion that legal settlement activity in Judea and Samaria be frozen. The government will defend the vital interests of the state of Israel.”
Yisrael Katz, Israeli transportation minister
May 31, 2009
“We must not allow a situation in which 70,000 - 100,000 Israelis, as precious as they are, dictate a whole nation’s future. The entire enlightened world has already decided not to let [the settlement] situation continue. Anyone whose vision does not end at the end of the year and who is able to look five or ten years ahead realizes that the strategic environment we inhabit is changing rapidly, and we would do well to prepare for this change now.”
Retired Israeli Major General Danny Rothschild, president, Council for Peace and Security, “Obama is Right,” Ynet,
May 31, 2009
Members of the Jahalin Bedouin tribe whose lands were taken for the Ma'ale Adumim settlement, seen the the background on the hill. Photo: Miki Kratsman
Ariel Sharon was appointed by Begin: "to create facts on the ground [in occupied territory]...that foreclose forever the establishment of a Palestinian state." Jeff Halper, Israeli author and professor
Director, Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions
International law prohibits an occupying power from moving citizens from its own territory to the occupied territory.
Fourth Geneva Convention, Article 49
In 2010, the Israeli settlements in Occupied Territory have become the hottest Mid East issue in the news, and in exchanges between the US government and Israel. The video below explains the background and current problems regarding settlements. After that, and on following pages, you will find some reading on the Settlements from several sources in Israel and the US.
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This video is a segment from the Presbyterian Church DVD and book study