I thought that the rationalle for settlement building, at least officially, was that more room was needed for "natural growth" or for military/strategic/defense reasons. Now it seems that building has "become" a polital tactic. Was it ever anything else?
Knesset passes 'Norwegian Law' allowing ministers to resign their seats, remain in cabinet (Haaretz)
from the article: Israel expedites plan for 1,700 housing units in East Jerusalem