Yael Patir, Israel director of the left-leaning U.S. Jewish body, sat down with Haaretz to talk about Trump, the gap between U.S. and Israeli Jews, and the growing anger at the Israeli peace camp. Though she concedes boycott efforts by some on the left have a negative effect, she rejects calls to keep peace efforts local.01:12 01.05.16 | 4 comments
D: "how do you know that Israel has an obligation to demolish `illegal` settlements. maybe it is a one off breach of international law, not a continuous one." You *do* understand the distinction in Israeli law between a "legal" settlement and an "illegal" outpost, don't you? A "legal" settlement is one where the IDF commander has signed a decree claiming that the settlement is being built for immediate and necessary security purposes, and therefore the land can be requisitioned for that construction. By its very nature "requisitioning" for "security needs" makes the settlements temporary. It is a legal fiction, because the nature of the construction and the nature of the people so settled - and the pronouncements made by the Israeli govt - ALL make clear that these settlements are an attempt at the permanent colonization of that land, and that makes these "legal" settlements AS ILLEGAL under Int'l Law as the "illegal" outposts.