Jewish settlements control more than 42 percent of the West Bank, and much of that land was seized from Palestinian landowners in defiance of an Israeli Supreme Court ban, an Israeli human rights group said Tuesday.
The group's findings echo what other anti-settlement activists have claimed in the past: That settlements have taken over lands far beyond their immediate perimeters, sometimes from private Palestinians. Israel's settlements have been a much-criticized enterprise throughout the decades and a major obstacle to peacemaking with the Palestinians.
Israel doesn't want peace: it wants territory, and by any means necessary.
What we are are going to see in this country, Netanyahu's meetings with Obama and Biden today not withstanding, is a briskly aggressive Israeli annexation of the West Bank and Jerusalem, coupled with forcible expulsion of Palestinians living there into Gaza, as stateless refugees.