Settlements are a way to expand the grip of Israel on the Palestinian people. More settlements connected by Israeli highways pushes the Palestinians into more closely controlled ghettos. The Palestinians are stripped of their livelihood and made into dependents of Israeli hand-outs. Netanyahu fully recognizes the settlement movement and its aspirations for free Palestinains land are critical to his political survival. He will not compromise his base political support for a vision of just peace. Nor does he have the courage to lead Israelis towards the application of historic Jewish values.
5 wounded Syrians rushed to northern Israeli hospital (Haaretz)
from the article: What Netanyahu really thinks about settlements