let me preface and say, I am no fan of the settler movement. They dont serve any purpose for the state of israel. Having said that, one must always remember how the settlements came about and when and why? if you remember, the PLO, short for palestine liberation organization was established in 1964, to liberate the land. But, as you all know, in 1964, there were no settlements and there werent any until 1967 when israel fought a war to surive and won handily, taking the territories used by the arabs that were formerly jordans and egypts....so what were they established to liberate in 1964????? ahhhaaaa......you see, it's not about 'settlements' and never was...its always been about israel INSIDE the green line....and this is the problem still today. Europeans who know this fact, and they do, brush it under the rug...same for the vaunted american academics and friends of obama, and same for the palestinians themselves...denying this simple fact is cancerous to any future peace deal. so lets stop this charade of the impediment to peace being the settlements...its not, its palestinian rejection of a jewish state called israel. The settlements are just PR for naive westerners and nefarious others who wish to evade the real issue.
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