11/06/2013 04:46 pm ET Updated Jan 23, 2014

Pondering Israeli Settlements in the West Bank

Visiting several Israeli settlements (built over the border from Israel in Palestinian West Bank territory, and therefore controversial), I can see the appeal of these neighborhoods -- especially for young families. But I've learned that these settlements embitter the Palestinians as much as violent resistance embitters Israelis. And the more settlements are built, the more the West Bank becomes fragmented, and the more difficult a mutually agreeable two-state solution -- or any solution -- may become. While I hope it's not true, the aggressive establishment of these settlements today could haunt Israel's prospects for a happy resolution of the tensions in the Middle East tomorrow.