Last Wednesday the Israeli Supreme Court sat to rule on the status of illegal Israeli settlements at Hayovel and Horsha in the West Bank. Despite the structures being illegal, each of the families received some NIS 77,000 from the state of Israel when they settled the sites.
That’s disturbing enough in itself, but what’s really interesting is the fact that Israeli Defence Minister, Ehud Barak, has asked the court for a six months adjournment before telling the court when the settlements will be razed as per the court’s orders. One wonders what’s likely to happen over the next six months that is likely to change the circumstances that dictate the future of these illegal, not to mention immoral, settlements. Will the status of the West Bank change over the next six months? If so, how?
Now that’s a worry!