Of course, all settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem are illegal according to the Geneva Convention. But since the Knesset did not pass an enabling legislation which would make Geneva the Law of the Land, Israeli courts cannot enforce Geneva. There are two other types of settlements, which Israel officially calls "illegal settlements": 1. The settlers did not receive official approval from the Occupying Authority (IDF) to settle there, and the land is PUBLIC land. 2. The land on which the settlement is built is PRIVATE Arab land. Type #1 of illegality can be corrected by simply giving the settlers retroactive permission to settle at the site. But type #2 cannot be corrected (unless the Arab owners agree to sell their land) and the settlement MUST be removed.// Moving the houses 1 meter or a few hundred meters means destroying the old and building a new one. A costly proposition. Why would the state give the illegal settlers free new land in place of the stolen old land is strange. But we are looking at a WEAK Prime Minister who does not want to get into fights with the settlers and their supporters, including Lieberman. Too bad, the state of Israel is paying land robbers.
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