Settlements are ILLEGAL. Why does the US insist on trying to portray any drop in settlement expansion as a concession by Israel? It is obvious that Israel wants all of Palestine piece by piece by piece and without its indigenous population - how can anyone seriously believe that they are interested in a viable two state solution when they continue to destroy any reasonable prospect of a Palestinian state. Decades of pathetic bleating about settlement expansion being unhelpful or disappointing have merely underlined the fact that the US is USELESS as an impartial 'PEACE BROKER' - give up and let the Palestinians seek recognition thru the UN or go for ONE STATE WITH EQUAL RIGHTS FOR ALL -this is fast becoming the only real option.
Neurologist and author Oliver Sacks dies at 82 (Haaretz)