Houses are seen in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Maale Adumim as the Palestinian village of Al-Eizariya is seen in the background May 24, 2016. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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The settlement project began after Israel captured the West Bank and East Jerusalem in the 1967 War.Israel disputes this, and plays down the term "occupation".If a peace deal were struck, many settlements would undoubtedly remain. While not openly acknowledged, Palestinian negotiators accept that land swaps, in which the Israelis would keep major settlement blocs along the green line and near Jerusalem, and the Palestinians would receive equivalent amounts of land from Israel in return, would be part of the deal.Netanyahu says their failure to recognize Israel as a Jewish state is the biggest obstacle to peace, not the settlements.Education Minister Naftali Bennett is an ardent supporter of settlements and wants Israel to occupy all of Area C rather than allow a Palestinian state to emerge. Hagit Ofran, a senior official at Peace Now, an Israeli NGO opposed to settlements, believes lines could be drawn that would allow a Palestinian state to emerge even if Israel kept many of its enclaves.
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