The Levy commission has recommended legalizing dozens of Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank). The committee, led by retired Supreme Court Judge Edmond Levy, concluded that international law allows Israeli Jews to live there.

This report is in direct contradiction to a 2005 report commissioned by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, and headed by Talia Sasson, former director of the State Prosecution Criminal Department. The Sasson report concluded that dozens of Jewish communities and outposts in Judea and Samaria were "illegal."

The Levy report is likely to be one of the issues US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns discusses during his meetings in Israel this week.

Mark Zell, of the Legal Forum for the Land of Israel and Yariv Oppenheimer of Peace Now will discuss the legality and status of the disputed territories in the wake of the Levy Report.

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