Israel Cuts Off Illegal Settlers

The Israeli government announced yesterday that it would cut off funding for illegal settlement outposts in the West Bank and “crack down on extremist squatters,” according to the AP. This is a new acknowledgement of the Israeli government’s complicity in the development of the settlement outposts, despite promises to the United States to dismantle them. Dror Etkes, leader of the human-right group Yesh Din, said he believed the move would affect little. "What matters is not the statements, but what happens on the ground, and everything on the ground is precisely the opposite," he said.