There was an astonishing report out of Jerusalem last week. Israel, it said, was growing increasingly frustrated with the US.
Israel unhappy? But had Washington not just offered the Jewish state a generous security package, including subsidised fighter jets, to buy a 90-day freeze on the expansion of Jewish settlements on occupied Palestinian land? And are the settlements not illegal under international law in any case and the moratorium a demand the Obama administration has been making for two years?
The answer to those questions is yes.
No, they are not illegal.
Jews living in their homeland, in territory originally allocated to them for their reconstituted Jewish national home, land to be used for "close settlement", in the area from which terror acts and from, which aggression was launched against them, cannot be considered illegal.
Anglo-American Convention aspect.
Mitchel Bard's summary.
Eli Hertz (short version) and the long version.
There's even a university syllabus.
State of Israel.
And a site.
And my two cents: one and two.
And there's more.