The state of Israel was created by the United Nations in 1948. At the same time, the UN allocated land for Palestinians although there was not at that time an independent nation of Palestine. During the ensuing seventy years the conflict as to how an independent nation of Palestine has been an important issue. White House spokesperson, Josh Earnest noted after an announcement that Israel would once again construct more housing –for Jews- on land allocated to Palestinians: “We did receive public assurances from the Israel government that contradicts this announcement.”
These new Jewish settlements are being constructed deep in the West Bank, and far closer to the Jordan border than that of Israel. The settlements effectively divide the West Bank and make the possibility of a viable Palestinian state difficult to achieve.