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Why the Settlements Should Stay

- Abstract

The settlements! If only they didn’t exist! If only Israel understood the folly of them! They have been a ruinous drain on its resources, a flagrant violation of international law, a systematic effort to dispossess the Palestinians, an intolerable presence on Palestinian soil, and, in short, “the greatest Israeli obstacle to peace,” as the New York Times recently put it in hardly its first editorial on the subject. For the sake of peace, they will have to be uprooted.



About the Author

Hillel Halkin is a columnist for the New York Sun and a veteran contributor to COMMENTARY. Portions of the present essay were delivered at Northwestern University in March as the Klutznick Lecture in Jewish Civilization.