This nonsensical "now you see it, now you don't" coyness about the name "Israel" is simply laughable, Darthie. These are ISRAELI colonies, with all of them established **by** the state of ISRAEL in pursuit of an ISRAELI govt policy of colonizing ISRAELI-occupied territory. That makes them far, far more than "illegitimate": it makes them "illegal", precisely because int'l law clearly and unambiguously states that it is I.L.L.E.G.A.L. for an occupying power to colonize territory that it holds under its belligerent occupation.
UN chief condemns Palestinian toddler killing, urges calm (Reuters)