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  • Five largest Israeli settlements: who lives there, and why

    Five largest Israeli settlements: who lives there, and why

    The end goal of the current Israeli-Palestinian peace talks is two separate, sovereign states. Palestinians say that the expansion of Israeli settlements in the West Bank, deemed illegal by the United Nations, influence the outcome of such talks. With more than 300,000 Israelis now living in such settlements, Israel expects to keep at least some of them under a final peace deal – possibly as part of a land swap. An estimated three-quarters of Israeli settlers live on a relatively small percentage of the West Bank, most of them in communities adjacent to Israel proper. Some of them are ideologically driven and some are attracted by the low cost of living; many are motivated by a combination of the two. Here are the five most populous settlements in the West Bank.

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  • Israeli settlement building surges as US pushes for a new freeze

    Israeli settlement building surges as US pushes for a new freeze

    Israeli settlement monitors estimate that construction has begun on 500 new units – nearly one-quarter of the number for all of 2008 – as settlers try to make up for lost time.

  • Five largest Israeli settlements: who lives there, and why

    Five largest Israeli settlements: who lives there, and why

    The end goal of the current Israeli-Palestinian peace talks is two separate, sovereign states. Palestinians say that the expansion of Israeli settlements in the West Bank, deemed illegal by the United Nations, influence the outcome of such talks. With more than 300,000 Israelis now living in such settlements, Israel expects to keep at least some of them under a final peace deal – possibly as part of a land swap. An estimated three-quarters of Israeli settlers live on a relatively small percentage of the West Bank, most of them in communities adjacent to Israel proper. Some of them are ideologically driven and some are attracted by the low cost of living; many are motivated by a combination of the two. Here are the five most populous settlements in the West Bank.

  • Joe Biden seeks to boost peace talks in Israel, settlements notwithstanding

    Joe Biden seeks to boost peace talks in Israel, settlements notwithstanding

    US Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Israel on Monday after Israelis and Palestinians agreed to restart peace talks. But the issue of Israel settlements came to the fore again, with 112 new housing units announced for the West Bank.

  • West Bank settlements become havens of Israeli surburbanites

    West Bank settlements become havens of Israeli surburbanites

    Growth driven less by ideology than by middle-class economics could strain peace talks.

  • Why US diplomats are visiting Israeli settlers

    Why US diplomats are visiting Israeli settlers

    The Obama administration has made firm demands for Israel to halt all settlement expansion. But political officers are making trips to talk with settlers directly.

  • In two Israeli settlements, a booming demand for more space

    In two Israeli settlements, a booming demand for more space

    With women having an average of eight children each, the ultra-Orthodox communities of Beiter Illit and Modiin Illit are case studies in why the settlement issue is not getting any easier.

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