The whole settlement enterprise is one great scam, from which a few specific groups benefit - the real estate developers, construction companies, building supplies manufacturers and subsidized settlers, plus the extremist religious and nationalist ideologues and of course the politicians who curry their favour. The role of the Israeli public is to pay for these freeloaders and profiteers through their taxes and otherwise shut up and look the other way. It is racketeering on a nationwide scale as well as being totally illegal in international law. Nice one Israel, the lawless state masquerading as a nominal democracy.
Death toll from car bombs in Iraq rises to 56 (AP)