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settlers come in different sizes!,
This review is from: Forty Years in the Wilderness: Inside Israel's West Bank Settlements (Paperback)
Until I read this book I was not aware of the numbers of people, the different types and sizes of settlements - from hilltop to small cities - that exist on the West Bank.
The interviews are fascinating and reveal the intransigence of the zealots, the sense of betrayal of the economic settlers and the disillusionment of others who feel trapped in places far removed from the recognized land of Israel.
The interview with the mother of a teenager killed in a terrorist attack would move the most hard hearted to tears. The interview with an arab builder stirs up rage and disgust at the insensitivity of his "settler" employees who pay minimal wages, treat him like a would be terrorist and offer no insurance cover for any injury on the job.
The book paints a portrait of a region whose landscape is beautiful, its people diverse and its future in doubt.
Now when I read in the newspapers about "the West Bank" I have a deeper understanding of the complexity of the region and its "settlers". Sadly, the book offers no solutions and one wonders how on earth the problem of the West Bank and its settlements can ever be solved to the satisfaction of all of its inhabitants.
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