settlements in the Occupied Palestinian
Territories (specifically the West Bank
) that were established without authorization from the Israeli government. Though Israel
considers these outposts to be illegal, a 2005 Israeli governmental report uncovered that most of the then 100+ outposts received financial and material support from various Israeli ministries, and are often protected by the Israeli military. In 2012, the Israeli government set up an "outpost committee" which issued the "Levy Report," recommending that the outposts be authorized. See "Settlement Outposts
," Foundation for Middle East Peace.\r\nSee also "At least 70 outposts are located on private Palestinian land
," Hagit Ofran and Lara Friedman, Peace Now, March 2, 2011; and "Validate Settlements, Israeli Panel Suggests
," Isabel Kershner, The New York Times, July 9, 2012.