The United Nations Human Rights Council has told Israel to remove all settlements from the occupied West Bank or else be prepared to be prosecuted before the International Criminal Court for violations of the Geneva Conventions.
In other words, get out or stand as an outlaw country, a criminal state. True to form, Israel responded dismissively, calling the demands "counterproductive and unfortunate."
All settlement activity in occupied territory must cease "without preconditions" and Israel "must immediately initiate a process of withdrawal of all settlers", said the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). Israel, it said, was in violation of article 49 of the fourth Geneva convention, which forbids the transfer of civilian populations to occupied territory.
The settlements were "leading to a creeping annexation that prevents the establishment of a contiguous and viable Palestinian state and undermines the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination," it said.
Israel has brazenly flouted international law for decades, ignoring the laws that very much bind it. It has succeeded only due to the patronage of the west, particularly Canada and the United States.