The worst thing about the settlements from the Jewish perspective is that they undercut the drive for righteousness. What good are prayers, symbols and small tokens of tzdakah if they blind one to the settlements that are unfair, unnecessary and which promote conflict, injury and death? Prayer can challenges each person to bring out the best of themselves, but perhaps it is also used to insulate the those who prays from their own wrongdoing.
Israeli vehicle hit in drive-by shooting in West Bank; no casualties reported (Haaretz)
from the article: The power of praying amid ‘schnorers’