At that session, the HRC will address the 7 February 2013 Report of the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Israeli Settlements. The Report is at
Since the HRC's decision to establish the Mission in March 2012 the Israeli Government has boycotted the Mission's proceedings and suspended its relations with the HRC.
In its report, the Mission concludes (amongst other things) that in the OPT Israel is committing serious breaches of human rights law and international humanitarian law, and that violence and intimidation is being committed against Palestinians with the motivation to drive the local populations away from their lands and allow the settlements to expand. The Mission calls upon Israel to cease all settlement activities and to withdraw all settlers from the OPT, and provide effective remedy for the Palestinian victims.
There can be little doubt that Israel will ignore the findings and recommendations of the Mission. The day after the overwhelming vote in the UN on 29 November 2012 which recognised Palestine as a non-member observer "state", Israeli prime minister Netanyahu ordered the construction of thousands of new homes in Jewish settlements in the OPT.
The more interesting question is what does Israel expect to achieve in the mid to long term by continuing its settlement building in the OPT?
This policy in the short (some would say short sighted) term is about grabbing prime OPT land and resources, consolidating Israel's military occupation of the West Bank, annexation of the OPT, and pacification of Israeli zealots who insist that the OPT is to be regarded as part of historic biblical Israel.
But if all that is achieved, and the OPT annexed by Israel, what then? Given its intention to preserve a Jewish demographic majority and Jewish political control, how will Israel avoid the need either to establish an overtly apartheid state, or to ethnically cleanse (by deportation and displacement) the OPT of its non-Jewish Palestinians?
In short, is the Israeli policy on settlements plotting a course that will inevitably lead to the destruction of Israel?