For some further, on-the-ground background on the settlements questions, take a few minutes and read this dispatch
by Gershom Gorenberg, reporting from the West Bank for The American Prospect
. It sheds a lot of light on what this whole controversy is about and what a scam the 'natural growth' argument is.
He also finds Rep. Gary Ackerman
(D-NY) making some shamefully stupid comments.
If you're not familiar with Gorenberg, you should check out Accidental Empire
, his history of the birth of the settlements. He blogs here
. Late Update
: Also see this editorial
in The Forward