Unsatisfied With Lawful Statehood, Israeli Government Tries To Hoodwink Obama Into Support For Their Illegal Occupation Of Lawful Palestinian Lands
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"Almost 300,000 Israelis now live in settlements in the West Bank, excluding East Jerusalem, among a Palestinian population of some 2.5 million. Much of the world considers the 120 or so settlements a violation of international law.
Mr. Netanyahu says that his government will not build any new settlements and will take down a number of outposts erected in recent years by settlers without proper government authorization. But he insists that his government will allow building within existing settlements to accommodate what he termed “natural growth,” essentially continuing the policy of the last few Israeli governments. ...
The Obama administration is seeking a settlement freeze in the hope of improving the environment for peace-making, encouraging gestures toward normalizing ties with Israel from Arab governments, and buttressing a coalition of countries opposed to Iran developing nuclear weapons.
But there is a consensus within the Israeli government that the ever-growing settler population must be accommodated. ...
Many religious Jewish nationalists say it is their right to settle in the biblical heartland of the West Bank, which they call Judea and Samaria."
Isabel Kershner "Israel and U.S. in Talks on Settlements" New York Times May 27, 2009
Israel's Likud Party has in the past called for the annexation of the West Bank.
The United Nations Security Council, the United Nations General Assembly, the International Court of Justice, and the International Committee of the Red Cross refer to the West Bank as illegally occupied by Israel.
President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton support a two-state solution to the Middle East crisis.
Map credits: Via Wikipedia. 1947 United Nations Partition Map based upon information from the United States Central Intelligence Agency.