The Israeli-Palestinian conflict transcends countless generations, and now it's coming to 4G.

An iPhone app called Fact on the Ground maps out Israeli settlement activity in the West Bank. It's produced by a group called Americans for Peace Now, which is a "pro-peace, pro-Israel" non-profit organization. 

Maps are a fascinating part of Middle East history. Most borders in the region are arbitrary lines drawn in the desert by the French and the English, and Israel's borders are even more complex. Each Middle Eastern map is a political statement in and of itself, and the APN one is no different. 

Using the iPhone to map out the age-old land conflict is a perfect illustration of what Tom Friedman described as the dichotomy of the Lexus and the olive tree in his 1999 book.  Now, if AT&T could get some decent reception, people might actually get to use it.

West Bank Settlements