Peace Now: Land Grab Means to Link Israel With West Bank, Not Just Expand Settlements

The biggest West Bank land appropriation in 30 years could turn the Palestinian village of Wadi Fukin into an isolated enclave.

Eighteen percent of the land declared state land this week is west of the West Bank separation barrier, suggesting that the intent is not just to expand the Gush Etzion settlement bloc but to link the area up with Israel proper, says Dror Etkes, of  the Peace Now settlement tracking project.