For some further, on-the-ground background on the settlements questions, take a few minutes and read this dispatch by Gershom Gorenberg, reporting from the West Bank for The American Prospect. It sheds a lot of light on what this whole controversy is about and what a scam the ‘natural growth’ argument is.
He also finds Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-NY) making some shamefully stupid comments.
Late Update: Also see this editorial in The Forward.
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