Former ICC official says Israel will be convicted of war crimes. The settlements constitute a clear legal violation of the Rome Statute and the rules of international law, which prohibit an occupying power from transferring its civilian population to an occupied territory. Source 1j.
This area has seen so much strife. I hope one day they can all learn to live together in peace. But knowing what I do about the mindset of many of the Arabs that surround Israel I fear this will not in happen in generations. It would take an extraordinary event to change things there.
Yes, hopelessness in one's future and tough living conditions is something that can forge a normal person into a soldier and a rabble into an army. Here is the think though, the Arabs have made it pretty tough for Israel to act other than they are acting. Why should Israel trust the very groups that have called for her extinction, denied the Holocaust even happened, and sworn to eradicate the very Jewish faith? Remember, at it's narrowest point Israel would only be about nine miles across if it gave up the West Bank. That is tough to defend when you are surrounded by a billion people bent on your destruction.
This is what makes it such an intractable problem. None of the key players trust each other. They were tantalizingly close to reaching an agreement in 2000 when President Clinton took Yasser Arafat and Ehud Barak to camp David for two weeks. The Palestinians would have received 86% of the land they wanted. They refused, claiming they already gave up 100% of Palestine. All the land was centered on claims in the West Bank. Had Arafat had the guts to accept, none of this would be happening and Palestine would be an independent country… albeit slightly smaller than what they wanted.
UN lists 206 companies with business ties to Israeli settlements in West Bank:
The United Nations said it has identified 206 companies doing business linked to illegal, Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, where violations against Palestinians are "Pervasive and devastating". Source 4u.
Comments: If we use the history of who was there first and who won the land isn't it true that the Palestinians were there first and the Jews are only now there because of the UK's action after world war two?