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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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  • 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.

  • Israeli settlements: Where, when, and why they're built

    Israeli settlements: Where, when, and why they're built

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US envoy George Mitchell failed to agree on a settlement freeze Tuesday, saying they would meet again Wednesday.

  • ECONOMIC SCENE: Sanctions on Iran and Israel could defuse Middle East

    ECONOMIC SCENE: Sanctions on Iran and Israel could defuse Middle East

    For centuries, nations have resorted to economic sanctions when diplomacy has failed.

  • Obama and McCain diverge on Israeli-Palestinian conflict

    Obama and McCain diverge on Israeli-Palestinian conflict

    Obama likely to return US to role of 'honest broker.' McCain sees fighting Islamic extremists as paramount.

  • Obama and McCain diverge on Israeli-Palestinian conflict

    Obama and McCain diverge on Israeli-Palestinian conflict

    Obama likely to return US to role of 'honest broker.' McCain sees fighting Islamic extremists as paramount.