ANSWERS: 12
  • Because it's been going on for so long that (almost) no one in the U.S. cares to hear about it any more. That is: for the same reasons that all the news that "we never hear about" is news that we never hear about. The news agencies are in BUSINESS, and what they are in the business of doing is supplying the news stories ****that they think the most people will want to consume****. They think that most people in the U.S. will not want to consume those particular stories in comparison to other news stories, and they are almost certainly correct in that evaluation.
    • Victorine
      You are wrong. Plenty of people want to know, and the major newspapers do publish stories.
    • Hulk70156
      I know we want to know but why don't CNN and MSNBC talk about it. Why is everything pro Israel? BTW Netanyahu lied on Meet the Press. He said the Palestinians rejected a two state solution. The two state solution is called the Helsinki Accords, passed in 1995. The Palestinian authority was created under that act. They even have a flag. The Palestinians rejected a two state solution years ago under Yassir Arafat but he died and his replacement accepted it. Here is why the current conflict started: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lud5F-n5Q6Y
    • Hulk70156
      The current leader of the Palestinian Authority is Mahhmoud Abbas. BTW in a side note, Netanyahu is holding on to power because when he leaves he will be indicted for fraud and various other abuse of power. His wife too for accepting gifts in exchange for favors.
    • Hulk70156
      Netanyahu is a real bad guy.
    • Robert333
      Contributor "Hulk70156" referred to a two-state solution. This was the Oslo Accords (not Helsinki) - detail in my answer. The reason why many consider the Palestinian Arabs to have rejected a two state solution is they ignored the Oslo Accords they signed, and simply continued to claim ALL the land - Clear from the Palestinian education system and their National Charter.
    • mugwort
      That being the case I see no resolution. I read yesterday in the news Biden is pro two state solution. If Palestinians want All the land I don't see any solution to peace and the existence of Israel. I can see Israel making concessions However not giving over the entire land to the Palestinians.
    • Robert333
      Just to be clear. The Palestinian Arabs use the term "Palestine" to refer to ALL the land; they use it to negate the name Israel as the name for the land. There has never been any indigenous "Palestine" / Arab sovereign state in the land of Israel. Israel is Re-established within the Jewish ancestral homeland - Look up the Hasmonean Kingdom of Judah. There have been two attempts at a two-state solution: i) The U.N. Partition Plan of 1947 against which the Palestinian Arabs commenced a civil war to expel the Jews. ii) The Oslo Accords (1995) under which Israel granted autonomy to the Palestinian Arabs (the whole of Gaza and about 40% of what is now known as the West Bank), after which the Palestinian Arabs continued to claim ALL the land, and have an ongoing war of ethnic hatred targeting Israeli Jewish civilians including children: (http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/comprehensive-listing-of-terrorism-victims-in-israel) It is the security measures taken as a consequence of that terrorism which the Palestinian Arabs complain to the Media as: racism, discrimination, oppression, persecution, being treated as 2nd class. Contributor mugwort refers to "concessions", about which I invite the reader to consider: What were the Oslo Accords then if not concessions - Scotch mist? The typical world reaction to Palestinian Arab terrorism is as follows: To apparently suffer some form of "amnesia" about the Oslo Accords and then demand Israel "make concessions" (something never demanded of the Palestinian Arabs).
    • mushroom
      Bill Clinton was furious after Camp David in 2000, telling Arafat "I'm a colossal failure, and you made me one." Abbas later said Camp David "...was a trap. From beginning to end, and we survived it."
  • Because Bible.
    • mushroom
      Because the Brits promised control of the same land to different parties in the MacMahon and Sykes-Picot letters. It did get them the help they wanted to defeat the Ottomans and German aspiration , but set up a century of conflict.
    • Robert333
      Contributor "mushroom" wrote: "Because the Brits promised control of the same land [...]: This type of comment typically asserts the McMahon correspondence as having promised the same land, to the Arabs; it did NOT.“McMahon” was a series of correspondence too vague to be any legally-binding “agreement”. The “McMahon-Hussein Correspondence” made no mention of “Palestine”, which was in 1915 controlled by the Ottomans who themselves made no use of the name “Palestine”: - - - - Start of extract: - - - - “Palestine lay to the southwest of Damascus and was not explicitly mentioned [in the “McMahon-Hussein Correspondence”]. ” Extract source: (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balfour_Declaration) - - - - End of extract - - - - Contributor "mushroom" also mentioned "Sykes-Picot": This was not a serious of correspondence; it did not promise the land to the Arabs; it divided the wider region between the major powers. For more information on the "Sykes–Picot Agreement" (1916), see: (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sykes%E2%80%93Picot_Agreement)
  • Of course we do. What news do you watch or read? Television news broadcasts aren't a very good way to get in-depth news. Read the New York Times or some other highly reputable, reliable newspaper. You'll get plenty of serious news and analysis. They've done many stories about the settlements. Or watch the PBS News Hour, which often deals with a single subject like that. By the way, CNN has just published this piece: https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/16/opinions/middle-east-palestinians-israelis-right-to-security-obeidallah/index.html
    • Hulk70156
      Thanks for that. I usually watch TV news. I have been watching CNN and MSNBC. Neither station has said anything about the Palestinians, just a short mention when the Israeli's destroyed their newspaper tower. Nothing about the people killed or the AP offices being destroyed. This one sidedness offends me because we live in America and we are supposed to be able to get both sides of an issue. I finally got Al-Jazeera on my Roku and this is how I found out that Israeli farmers were setting up settlements on Palestinian land. That is how the current flareup got started. Check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lud5F-n5Q6Y
    • Robert333
      I assume contributor "Hulk70156" must be aware that Al-Jazeera is Qatari government funded, and is not an objective media outlet.
    • Victorine
      Let's hope so. Who could not know that?
    • Robert333
      Contributor "Victorine" wrote: "Let's hope so. Who could not know that?": My response: Contributor "Hulk70156" had written: "I finally got Al-Jazeera on my Roku and this is how I found out that Israeli farmers were setting up settlements on Palestinian land." My response: Since Al-Jazeera is a Qatari government funded TV station it is biased to the Palestinian Arabs. It will therefore regard the whole of Israel as "Palestinian land", and it will also not recognise the Oslo Accords under which Israel is permitted to build homes ("settlements") in Area C of the West Bank. By the way, since the Arabs arrived in the land of Israel well after its indigenous Jews, this makes the Arabs the "settler-colonists"; not the Jews: (http://theettingerreport.com/arab-migration-shaped-palestinian-society/)
  • Israel is very careful to do things legally since the world condemns everything they do.
  • If the news topic to which the questioner refers, does not seem to them to have enough coverage, this may be due to the “illegality” being disputed, regarding Israeli “settlements”. When one expands the map “West Bank Settlements” (see the link provided by the Questioner), it may be observed that it separates the West Bank into Areas A, B, and C; Areas agreed by the Palestinian Arabs under the Oslo Accords. Under the Oslo Accords Israel is permitted to build homes (aka “settlements”) in Area C. If one examines that map and on it Area C is compared with Areas A and B, it can be seen that the Israeli homes are in Area C as permitted under the Oslo Accords. A different Wikipedia webpage says: - - - - Start of extract: - - - - “[...] and Area C, which contains the Israeli settlements [...]” Extract source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Bank_Areas_ in_the_Oslo_II_Accord - - - - End of extract - - - - People often wonder why the Israeli homes (settlements) are Jewish: The reason is that the Palestinian Arabs do not permit Jews in the Palestinian Arab-controlled Areas, killing any Jew they find near them - Example: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/ 30/bodies-missing-israeli-teenagers-found-west-bank The “West Bank” (“Judah and Samaria”) first became known as the “West Bank” when the Jordanians illegally occupied it in 1948 - See under heading: “Etymology” - West Bank: (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Bank) Jordanian illegal-occupation of the West Bank: (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jordanian_ annexation_of_the_West_Bank) There has never been any indigenous “Palestine” / Arab sovereign state in the land of Israel on which the Palestinian Arabs could base any claim. Why do the Jewish people refer to the West Bank as: “Judea (aka Judah) and Samaria”?: What is now known as the “West Bank” (of the Jordan river) was within two prior contemporaneous Jewish indigenous sovereign states. These were: Israel-Samaria (northern Kingdom), and Judah (aka Judea) (southern Kingdom). Part of it was within the one kingdom, while the rest of it was within the other kingdom. Map: i) Jewish Kingdom of Israel-Samaria, incl. part WEST BANK, and Golan Heights, capital Samaria; between 930 BCE / 1599 BH and 720 BCE / 1383 BH - see map link below. ii) Jewish Kingdom of Judah, incl. rest of the WEST BANK, capital of (what is now EAST) Jerusalem / “Old City”; between 930 BCE / 1599 BH and 586 BCE / 1244 BH (same map for both kingdoms): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingdom_of_ Israel_(Samaria)#/media/File:Kingdoms_of_ Israel_and_Judah_map_830.svg Why are the Israeli homes on the West Bank (Judah and Samaria) falsely-asserted to be “illegal”?: The reason is that following the Oslo Accords the Palestinian Arabs continued claiming ALL the land of Israel (without any objective-historical verification), with carrying out terrorism, and they pursued a successful propaganda and political campaign through the United Nations. In the U.N. they have an overwhelming political bias in their favor, as follows: United Nations anti-Israel policies (copied by the “European Union”) are due to the “Palestinian” Arabs starting-off in U.N. votes by enjoying a block-vote in their favor of up to 56 Arab and Islamic-aligned countries (e.g. U.N. member states that are also members of the “Organization of Islamic Cooperation” and follow its policies when voting in the U.N.), compared to Israel’s one vote. Any veto in the U.N. Security Council to protect Israel has been less-likely under Democratic Party Administrations, e.g. U.N. Security Council resolution 2334 declaring Israel “settlements” illegal, passed when the pro-Palestinian Arab administration of President Obama/then Vice President Biden, decided not to use their veto to protect Israel. The resolution is illegal being in conflict with the international treaty signed by the the Israelis and Palestinian Arabs - the Oslo Accords. The West Bank is land of previous Jewish kingdoms (see further the three examples given): i) Kingdom of Judah, ii) Israel northern Kingdom aka Samaria, iii) Hasmonean Kingdom)! There has never been any indigenous “Palestine” / Arab sovereign state in the land of Israel on which the Palestinian Arabs could base any claim on any part of the land of Israel. Therefore just as Israel / the Jewish people logically cannot: “Invade”, or “steal”, or “illegally-occupy”, or “be a colony on”, its OWN ancestral homeland, it also cannot logically “illegally-settle” its OWN ancestral homeland. Who were the Arabs living in British “Palestine” Mandate administered Israel? “Palestinian” Arab propaganda alleges the Jews / Israel invaded the land, stole it from the “Palestinian” Arabs. They do this both by falsely-denying the roots of the Jewish people in the Jews ancestral homeland of Israel, and by failing to mention that the “Palestinian” Arabs mostly originate from Foreign-Arab-Migrant-Workers who came to the land of Israel just prior to, and during the British Mandate: http://www.mideastoutpost.com/archives/arab-immigration-to- historic-palestine-a-survey-by-richard-mather.html The “Palestinian” Arabs were opposed to being called a “People” until the 1960’s, when they decided it fitted with their intention to steal the land of Israel from its indigenous Jews: http://www.targetofopportunity.com/palestinian_ truth.htm Further brief historical background: Using “Palestine” to negate the name Israel for the land is misleading, as there has never been any indigenous sovereign state of “Palestine”. The only valid name for the land belongs to the Jewish indigenous sovereign states before the Re-establishment of Israel in 1948: “Israel” or “Judah”. The Jewish people are the indigenous people of their ancestral homeland of Israel with unbroken presence there since Biblical times: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographic_ history_of_Palestine_(region) Israel is Re-established within the Jewish ancestral homeland. Internationally-recognised history shows that the last indigenous sovereign state in the land of Israel (Roman-imposed name “Palestine”), prior to the RE-establishment of Israel in 1948, was the post-Biblical Jewish Hasmonean Kingdom of Judah. It included the West Bank, Gaza, and Golan Heights. Capital (what is now East) Jerusalem / “Old City”; between 110 BCE / 754 BH and 63 BCE / 706 BH - Map: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/ commons/4/4b/Hasmonean_kingdom.jpg
    • Robert333
      There being no Undo option in the Answerbag drafting field, I drafted my answer in a word processor and pasted it here, but unfortunately all paragraph breaks are missing, and also not all URLs fully-display without special editing. I cannot find any Edit function. (The answer is still readable though.)
  • because no one cares not interested.
  • I was suspicious about it before, where any more, I know full well Israelis are all about invading more territory for their nation.
    • Robert333
      Contributor "WHF, What's His Face" wrote: "Israelis are all about invading more territory": For his falsehood of Israel "invading", whether "more" or otherwise, he provides you with: No detail, no objective-sources; zero evidence. Its actually the reverse: In concluding the Oslo Accords Israel gave up territory in the hope of peace. By the way, Israel is permitted under the Oslo Accords to build homes ("settlements") in Area C of the West Bank: (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Bank_Areas_in _the_Oslo_II_Accord)
  • Israel gets legal court orders saying it is their land.
    • Robert333
      Contributor "Murzy" may be referring to a land dispute in East Jerusalem where Arab tenants overstayed beyond their leases and refused to pay any rent - this is the East Jerusalem area of Sheikh Jarrah. Why is this an issue now? The reason in that in 1948 the Jordanian illegal occupiers of what is now known as "East Jerusalem" expelled the Jews. Israel having recovered in 1967 its ancestral capital of East Jerusalem, Jewish land/home owners whose families were expelled in 1948, sometimes seek a court order to recover their property: (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamization_of_ East_Jerusalem_under_Jordanian_occupation)
  • What ARE you talking about? The settlement issue is very well known. It's not on the news because it's not NEW. They've been doing that for decades. That's like you complaining that we don't hear enough about how gravity is constantly pulling us down.
  • The situation in Gaza is mentioned often. It is the cause of much of the conflict.
  • There's a difference between "Zionism" and "Judaism". Israel is a political state founded by the Zionists. By controlling the media, they report whatever they want the world to know and disagrees with everything that opposes their agenda.
  • I didn't know there were any settlements at all on American News...

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