Their default excuse has become , "Other people do it too". This excuse has been expanded to cover all Israel's activities which have become unpopular in the world. The only problem is that it cannot really apply to settlement expansion, the most hated of all Israel's activities. Never fear. Israel has a different excuse for settlement expansion. The land is already theirs. They just haven't gotten around to annexing it yet.
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