"On the Palestinian side there was pressure from those who felt that the settlements were symbols of oppression and felt their destruction was more important than their use by Palestinians." Mark Lincoln The Palestinians actually wanted them destroyed because they rightfully felt that single family dwellings on individual plots was not the best use of the land. It was a rational decision, not done because of pressure from any "rabid specimans".
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