In defending the outgoing Obama administration’s decision to allow a UN Security Council resolution condemning the construction of homes for Jews in Judea and Samaria (aka “the West Bank), State Secretary John Kerry claimed that “settlements” are what’s preventing peace between the “Palestinians” and Israel.
No it’s not. Even setting aside the immorality and hypocricy of specifically preventing Jews, but not Arabs, from building homes, that story is obviously false.
In 1949-1967, Gaza, Judea and Samaria and the Golan Heights were all judenrein , not a single Jew (“settler”) were there. Yet that was when the “Palestinian movement”, the PLO, was created. And the Arab states still decided to attack Israel.
In 2005, then Israeli PM Ariel Sharon conducted an experiement on the “settlements are what’s preventing peace” theory by giving in to the foreign demands to ethnically cleanse Gaza and make it judenrein. Well, guess what, it didn’t result in peace in Gaza.
The problem is that the Arabs don’t just oppose Jewish homes in the “West Bank” and Gaza. They oppose any Jewish presence in all of Israel.