Just about every nation in the world, and probably the majority of Jews in the world and in Israel, think the settlements have to stop. Expanding the power of the settlers is obsessive madness. It is Israel saying "our enemies are vicious and primitive so everything we do that they hate is, logically, the moral and right thing to do". As a Jew who loves Israel, it is impossible to defend this. And for those Jews who are less engaged, it alienates them from Israel and is having long-term consequences on the amount of support Israel can count on.
U.S., allies stage 20 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq (Reuters)
from the article: Netanyahu risks diplomatic rift with France over settlement freeze
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