Settlements are killing Israel…so some Americans love them

The issue of illegal, Jewish settlements in the West Bank are getting a lot of press recently.

First, Sarah Palin in a media interview for her newly released book (an utterly deluded affair, writes Andrew Sullivan, and a woman thrust on the world by a group of neo-conservatives, something we should never forget):

I believe that the Jewish settlements should be allowed to be expanded upon, because that population of Israel is, is going to grow. More and more Jewish people will be flocking to Israel in the days and weeks and months ahead. And I don’t think that the Obama administration has any right to tell Israel that the Jewish settlements cannot expand.

There are many Jews on their way to Israel? That’s news to me. Even J Street has responded to Palin’s comments.

Then we have this:

An influential Jewish community leader and Democratic State Assemblyman from New York is currently heading a mission of about 50 Americans through the West Bank and East Jerusalem to promote home purchases in the area and to protest U.S. President Barack Obama’s Middle East policy.

“People buy properties in different places, and I can’t think of any reason why people dedicated to the land of Israel shouldn’t own something here, whether they will use it or use it as an opportunity for young families to live in that particular home,” the politician told Haaretz yesterday in Elon Moreh, an Israeli settlement in the Samarian Hills.

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