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Majority of Israeli settlements beyond boundaries, report says

Posted by vmsalama on July 8, 2007

This shouldn’t be of any surprise.  If there is one thing many US politicians agree on, it is that Israel never stayed true to its promise to decrease its settlements in the Palestinian territories (specifically, the West Bank) since it had originally agreed to do so under the Camp David Accords.  Certainly, we can play devil’s advocate and say that they completely withdrew from Gaza which is a sign of progress (though certainly no one in their right mind would call the situation in Gaza today PROGRESS), settlements continue to spring up in the West Bank and Ehud Olmert’s plans of permanent borders are virtually moot since the war with Lebanon/Hezballah last summer.  Incidentally, this was former President Jimmy Carter’s biggest gripe in his book Palestine: Peace or Apartheid. 

Majority of Israeli settlements beyond boundaries, report says

International Herald Tribune

By Steven Erlanger

July 7, 2007

JERUSALEM: Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank use only 12 percent of the land allocated to them, but one-third of the territory they do use lies outside their official jurisdictions, according to a report released Friday by Peace Now, an Israeli group that advocates Palestinian self-determination.

According to the report, based on official data released by the Israeli government following a court order, 90 percent of the settlements sprawl beyond their official boundaries despite the large amount of unused land already allocated to them.

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