The recent statements by the European Union's new foreign relations chief Catherine Ashton criticizing Israel have once again brought international attention to Jerusalem and the settlements. However, little appears to be truly understood about Israel's rights to what are generally called the "occupied territories" but what really are "disputed territories."
That's because the land now known as the West Bank cannot be considered "occupied" in the legal sense of the word as it had not attained recognized sovereignty before Israel's conquest. Contrary to some beliefs there has never been a Palestinian state, and no other nation has ever established Jerusalem as its capital despite it being under Islamic control for hundreds of years.
In my point of view, one mustn´t agree 100% with Danny Ayalons political views, but in this article he correctly describes the major problems of the so called disputed territories (Westbank/ occupied territories/ Jehuda ve Shomron). Not the settlements are the major problems for peace as various political groups are stating but the till today unclear and disputed borders of the territories.