A report commissioned by Israel's government says the country should
legalize dozens of unauthorized outpost settlements in the West Bank.
The report issued Monday concludes that the West Bank is not occupied
territory, a view that is at odds with most of the international
This non-binding report was commissioned by Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu, and was written by a three-person panel considered
sympathetic to the settlers. It has not yet been endorsed by Israel's
Palestinian officials quickly denounced the report's conclusions, saying
they contradict international law. Jewish settlements are at the heart
of a three-year impasse in Mideast peace efforts.