In today’s New York Times, Ethan Bronner states that “built up areas” of Israeli settlements–which have become the key issue surrounding the so-called “peace talks”–“make up only 2 percent to 3 percent of the West Bank.”
That’s true, but out of context and misleading. In July 2010, B’Tselem, the Israeli human rights group, published a comprehensive report on Israel’s settlement enterprise. Here’s what the relevant section of the report, which is titled “By Hook and By Crook: Israel’s Settlement Policy in the West Bank” says about “built-up” areas and how much of the West Bank Israeli settlements actually control:
-The percentage of “total builtup areas in settlements” in the West Bank is 0.99 percent.
-But the total area controlled by the settlements in the West Bank is 42.8 percent.