John Kerry has stated that "The policy of the United States with respect to all settlements is that they are illegitimate." The presence and continued expansion of Israeli settlements in occupied Palestine is a major obstacle in efforts to establish peace in the middle east. More than 500,000 Israelis live in over 120 illegal settlements. The United Nations regards these settlements as illegal because the territories were captured by Israel in a 1967 war and are thus subject to the Geneva Conventions. The Geneva Conventions forbid construction on occupied lands. I would like to see the U.S. actually do something about this, instead of just reaffirming the illegality of the annexation.