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Settlements

West Bank Construction Can Help Solve the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

| April 6, 2017

The understandings reached between the Trump administration and the Netanyahu government, and approved by the Israeli Security Cabinet (despite some protests), show that a reasonable program of settlement construction is not the root of all evil in the region. In fact, a peace deal is more likely if space is given to the mainstream settler community. The new understandings overturn the language of UNSCR 2334 and the “purist” interpretation of “international legitimacy.” Such a return to the recognition of existing realities – which was granted in the exchange of letters between Bush and Sharon in April 2004 – would help all sides come closer to a realistic compromise.

Settlements Elsewhere: International Reaction to Population Transfer in Occupied Territories

| September 4, 2014

Settlements Elsewhere: International Reaction to Population Transfer in Occupied Territories    Lecture on Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 5:00 pm by Professor Eugene Kontorovich   BESA Center Seminar Room (Building 203, Room 131) Bar Ilan University   Eugene Kontorovich is a professor at Northwestern University Law School and a Senior Fellow at the Kohelet Policy Forum.

Israeli Backers of the Two-State Solution Should Support the Levy Report

| April 28, 2013

Israeli advocates of the two-state solution should support the findings of the Levy Commission, which affirms Israel’s right to settle in the West Bank. Israel will thus be viewed as giving up its own territory in any future agreement.

Building in Jerusalem: A Strategic Imperative

| December 5, 2012

Israel must follow up on its recent declaration to build in and around Jerusalem, particularly in Area E1, which connects the capital to the settlement of Maaleh Adumim. Creating continuous Jewish settlement in that area is necessary to enable Israel to have secure access to the strategic Jordan Valley.

The Levy Report: Reinvigorating the Discussion of Israel’s Rights in the West Bank

| July 31, 2012

The Commission to Examine the Status of Building in Judea and Samaria (the “Levy report”) reinvigorates the discussion of the legitimacy of Israel’s position regarding settlements under international law, after many years in which Israel has been silent about its legal rights.

Netanyahu Can Say “No”

| March 25, 2010

Prime Minister Netanyahu can effectively resist American pressure on Jerusalem. In fact, Jerusalem is the issue on which Netanyahu can best take a stand against Obama.

Understanding the Settlement Moratorium

| December 29, 2009

Postponing and possibly avoiding a fight with the Obama administration was the main reason for Israel’s settlement freeze. Ten months from now the Israeli prime minister may be in a better position to resist US pressure.