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Forty Years in the Wilderness: Inside Israel's West Bank Settlements Paperback – 1 Apr 2010

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Product details

  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Five Leaves Publications; 1st edition (1 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905512902
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905512904
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.9 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 503,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The authors of this book travel from settlement to settlement talking to the original pioneers, the gun-toting zealots and those who simly came for cheap housing. They speak to native-born Israelis, immigrants from America and Ethiopia, politicians, ultra-secular nationalists, ultra-orthodox extremists and others to discover just who the settlers really are - and what they think the future holds.

About the Author

Josh Freedman Berthoud has written for the Observer, the Independent, the Evening Standard and the Jewish Chronicle. He has featured on political shows for the BBC and Press TV.
Seth Freedman is a contracted journalist for the Guardian. His first book, Can I Bring My Own Gun? An Israeli Soldier's Story was Time Out's book of the week and was jointly published by the Guardian and Five Leaves. He is also the author of Binge Trading.

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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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The Freedman's have written an outstanding contribution to the debate about settlers. While they could have been more critical of many of the views of the people they meet, instead they let the settlers speak for themselves, a strategy that works wonderfully. Some of their interviewees damn themselves with their bigotry, while others come across as surprisingly sympathetic characters, while more still are simply looking for an affordable roof over their heads.

My only gripe is that the book had no maps in it, which is a shame as i would have liked to have seen the location of the settlements i was reading about. That aside, I highly recommend this book to anyone wishing to gain a wider understanding of this most controversial of issues that lies at the very centre of the I/P conflict.
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A fascinating account of why people arrive and stay in settlements on the West Bank, and the emormous political and human damage they reap in so doing. From Ben Yeshai a hippy type religious man who really just wants somewhere to bring his kids up, to Ginette whose daughter was killed in a suicide bomb attack, from Nadia Matar a zealous fanatic, to Benny Raz who is looking for money from the Israeli government to compensate those who want to move away from the settlements. . .The authors of this book travel from settlement to settlement talking to the original pioneers, the gun-toting zealots and those who simply come for the cheap housing. Through their work we are able to meet some of the Israelis who are causing one of the worlds worst atrocities. If understanding can help, then everyone who cares about peace in the Middle East should read this book. It will leave a lasting impression on me.
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This book is well researched, well written and just well presented. It's a great well rounded take on this subject and a must read for anyone interested in it.
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HASH(0xa0b6c888) out of 5 stars Different from what I thought, but still worth the read 15 Aug. 2011
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The book is a more personal account of the settlers in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. It is not as academic or specific as "Zealots for Zion" but it adds to the debate about settlers. It has interesting stories, interesting facts/figures, etc. Worth a read, but would not recommend for an academic paper. There are many points of departure with the author and his few on settlers, but that is besides the point.
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