Jewish Settlements, Palestinian Territories

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Jewish settlements in the West Bank and Gaza have long been a major obstacle to peace in the Middle East. While Palestinians claim sovereignty over the land taken by Israel in the 1967 war, some Jews insist they're entitled to that land as a promise from God. The Oslo peace process assumes they will be dismantled, but how and why has been left for final status negotiations. Even during the peace talks, the number of settlers has doubled to almost a quarter of a million people. Who are they, and why do they want to live surrounded by Palestinians under military protection? How resentful are Palestinians about the Jews in their midst? We find out in a spirited conversation with a settler, a Palestinian neighbor and others on both sides.
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Warren Olney