newbie444 saidAnd if Israel did halt all settlement building in the West Bank and evacuated Israelis from the area, would that make a difference? Consider what Israelis were rewarded with the last time they withdrew from "occupied" Gaza: rocket fire on Sderot.
Israel did not withdrawal Gaza completely.
According to B’Tselem, the Israeli information and human rights organization, documents:
Israel continues to maintain complete control over the air and sea space of the Gaza Strip. No Palestinian may operate a seaport or an airport without Israeli approval, which limits Palestinians’ freedom of trade and travel.
Israel continues to control the joint Gaza Strip-West Bank population registry, which means Israel gets to decide who is a “Palestinian resident” and who is a “foreigner.” Palestinians must seek Israeli approval for every individual who wants to move to the West Bank.
The Rafah border crossing between the Gaza Strip and Egypt was supposedly turned over to the Palestinian Authority. In fact, Israel continues to control the crossing to the extent that it may bar entry to “foreigners”—that is, Palestinians who are not residents of the Occupied Territories—or anyone it deems a security risk.
Israel continues to maintain complete control of the movement of people and goods between the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, which Israel considers a “closed military area” off limits to anyone without a permit. West Bank residents are also forbidden from traveling aborad, including to the Gaza Strip, without a difficult-to-obtain Israeli permit.
As far as trade is concerned, Israel controls the three crossing points in and out of Gaza (Karni, Sufa, and Kerem Shalom). Israel routinely closes the crossings to any exchange of goods, causing severe food and other shortages in Gaza.
Israel still controls taxation and other levies in Gaza.
...And what part you don't understand the word "ILLEGAL?" Israeli settlements are illegal according to international laws.
First of all, I find it hard to take a lot of what the UN, or some other international body that spends its time kowtowing to the Arab/Muslim countries, says about Israel seriously. If it says it's illegal, so be it. Look at some of the countries listed on UNHRC, it's a joke.
Goods/controlling access: see the use of Red Crescent ambulances to smuggle weapons, tunnels to smuggle arms in from Egypt, I could go on...
(No I don't think they should limit access to medical supplies and food) - just saying there are legitimate security concerns.
Anyway had the Palestinians made good with Gaza, instead of electing Hamas and using schools to fire at civilians in Israel, it is likely they could have achieved more and Israel would have had no choice but to give them full control. But of course, no concession Israel ever makes will be good enough and will always be used to justify any errors on the Palestinians' part.