The settlements are a not exactly a civil rights issue. They are a cynical and aggressive land grab which the nation of Israel is undertaking, using the settlers as pawns. If Israel really had confidence in their claim on the west bank, they would annex it and have done with it. Of course, that is not possible. Israels game is to grab as much as possible and then trade some of it away but keep the rest. This gives Israel a much bigger slice of the west bank than it would have previously. Note to settlers: It may not be a good idea to go to a settlement outside the central block. They will be first to go. Israels greed for land plays to the settlers greed for cheap and subsidized housing. There are no good guys in this picture.
Four rebels, two Indian soldiers killed after gun battle in Kashmir (AP)
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