US Position on Legality of Israeli Settlements Not Good for Peace

Nov 25, 2019

On November 18, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the US would no longer view Israeli settlements in the West Bank as illegal. The decision breaks with a 1978 State Department finding that settlements were “inconsistent with international law.” The new policy is also...

Israeli Settlements Explained

Jan 04, 2017

A look at the history of Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem are considered illegal under international law. Several United Nations Security Council resolutions, as well as the International Court of Justice, have also found settlements...

UN Resolution on Israel Changes Nothing

Dec 26, 2016

The UN Security Council resolution is just one more fruitless international effort to address a conflict that refuses to end. The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) vote on December 23 is a fitting end to the Obama administration and, of a different sort, to the term of Secretary General Ban...

The Banality of Colonization: The Metropolitanization of Israeli Settlements

Jun 08, 2014

Contrary to stereotypes, settlements in the West Bank are mainly suburban localities inhabited by “quality of life” settlers. The presence of Israeli settlements in the West Bank represents one of the main issues concerning Israeli-Palestinian relations. Still, perhaps because of their...

Israeli Settlements: Violation of International Law or Rightful Return?

May 25, 2014

Israeli settlements on Palestinian territory are one of the most crucial issues in the conflict. Background Immigration, population transfer and the control of land have been core issues of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since the arrival of the first Zionist settlers in the late 1800s....