“One of the primary purposes of” [illegal] “settlement building is to enable the “[illegal] “annexation of Palestinian land…”
You do realize that your insertions of ‘illegal’ in the above sentence could also be interpreted as inferring that some settlement building and annexation of Palestinian land elsewhere is, in fact, legal? Thus, you could also – technically speaking – be accused of assisting the ‘watering down’ of the illegality of Israeli actions.
I understand (and sympathize with) the point you are trying to make, but to suggest that an article which exposes previously unknown methods of extending Israel’s settlement project (and in doing so directly references an underlying Zionist motivation to ethnically cleanse the oPt) has “been dipped in the Hasbara cesspool” is bizarre.
“The expression de facto sovereignty is an oxymoron”
This is demonstrably untrue. The notion of ‘sovereignty’ consists of two separate elements: de jure, and de facto sovereignty. The former pertains to the legal grounding of an entity’s ‘right’ to rule over a given territory, whilst the latter reflects the reality on the ground. The two may or – as in the present case – may not be one and the same. As you have identified, as an occupying power, Israel possesses no legal mandate to act as sovereign ruler over occupied Palestinian territory (de jure sovereignty), and yet it cannot be reasonably denied that through – inter alia – the implantation of settlers, widespread changes to existing legislation and the introduction of new legislation, etc etc – Israel acts precisely as if it does (de facto sovereignty).
“Defeatist. See East Timor/Indonesia.”
Defeatist, or reflecting a commonly-held view among Palestinians and a wide range of respected commentators alike?
Also, to label the death of a two-state solution as a ‘defeat’ is to elevate your own view/preference above many of those who live here. Many Palestinians I know have zero interest in 2 states, and instead feel this is something that has been forced upon them by the international community and a Palestinian Authority with no mandate to represent them. To them, confirmation of the death of the two-state path would be seen as a positive, and a step towards the realization of their inalienable right to return to the lands from which they were forcibly displaced during the Nakba.