Why should Israeli Jews be allowed to use documents from before 1948 to reclaim ownership of houses lived in by Palestinians for decades when there are thousands of Palestinian refugees with pre-1948 ownership documents who are not even allowed to visit their old homes?
True friends of Israel should recognize that Israel is strongest when it is accountable, rather than on the defensive over policies and actions that it knows look ugly, or even indefensible, under the harsh light of public inspection.
While the Levy Committee's notion that "occupation" doesn't describe Israel's presence in the West Bank does help institutionalize the settlement enterprise, it's only the latest in a longstanding process of extension of Israeli sovereignty over the area.
Should the Attorney General of Israel choose to accept the findings of the Levy report the settlers will have won in the short-term. It will pave the way for mass legalization of settlements in the greater land of Israel. But the long-term sacrifice will be great.