Jews like to expand themselves illegally

An Israeli paper is reporting that the number of Jewish settlers in the West Bank is now over 300,000.

The daily Haaretz says the number of West Bank settlers is 304,569 – a 2.3 percent increase since January. It’s quoting statistics compiled by the military.

The number of Israeli settlers has more than doubled since the mid-1990s in the West Bank, which is home to around 2.5 million Palestinians.

A string of top U.S. envoys are in Israel this week and are pushing for a settlement freeze. But Israel insists some construction must continue to allow “natural growth” in the settler population.

Built on land Palestinians want for a future state, the settlements are seen by the international community as an obstacle to a peace agreement.