Before she became the UK’s prime minister a few months ago, Theresa May was described as “straightforward, shrewd, and reassuringly staid,” but also “inscrutable.”
Late Monday night, Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, approved a bill to retroactively legalize the expropriation by settlers of private Palestinian land that has taken place over the last two decades.
Human Rights Watch swiftly condemned the vote, noting that the Regularization Bill “undoes years of established Israeli law and, coming just weeks after the [UN] Security Council’s unanimous passage of Resolution 2334 on the illegality of settlements, reflects Israel’s manifest disregard of international law.”
The group added that the law “entrenches the current reality in the West Bank of de facto permanent occupation where Israeli settlers and Palestinians living in the same territory are subject to ‘separate and unequal’ systems of laws, rules and services.”
It will also deny Palestinian owners the right to claim the land until there is a “diplomatic resolution to the status of the territories.”
All settlements are illegal
Moves to legalize outposts have been underway for several years. Last summer, The New York Times revealed that one-third of the outposts had already been retroactively legalized or were on their way, through a policy initiated in 2011.
As she faces the enormous task of negotiating Britain’s divorce with the European Union (EU), she remains as inscrutable as ever. She often stresses that “Brexit means Brexit,” but rarely elaborates.
Politicians are famous for their ability to avoid answering questions. May, however, is in a league of her own, according to Peter Bull, a psychologist at the University of York, who studies equivocation (the use of ambiguous language to conceal true feelings).