Occupational Camouflage

I applaud the work of the Levy committee and its recommendation that Israel’s presence in the West Bank no longer be regarded as occupation.

Background: A government-appointed committee headed by retired Supreme Court judge Edmond Levy issued a report this week to the effect that the West Bank is not occupied territory, after all.

That might surprise the Palestinians, who have been living under the fist of what they thought was an occupation for over four decades, but it’s entirely in keeping with the sentiments of the committee’s patron, Prime Minister Netanyahu, who established it as a means of extricating himself from a messy dispute over the status of Jewish settlements built in the occupied territories without government approval.