Impracticality of small settlements remaining - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • r cummings
    • 03.01.10 | 16:02 (IST)

    The idea that settlers stay in Palestine as Pal citizens is nice in theory but unworkable. If the settlements must be exclusively Jewish, then they are going to have to be self-contained and large enough in population to provide Jewish-only hospitals, senior schools, public administration, etc. There cannot be Jew-only roads all over the place. That means a population of 5,000 minimum, more like 10,000. Then there is the issue of security. The PA with its 'restricted' forces cannot provide 24/7 security protection for 160+ settlements, many remote villages. As much of their land was illegally and forcibly acquired and Arabs have suffered theft and violence, there are inevitably deep-seated scores to be settled. That too argues for large communities with sufficient security. There are about a dozen large villes like Ariel and Kiryat Arba that maybe qualify. Small towns like Batya's Shilo (popn 2,300) are just unsustainable blots on the landscape.

    from the article: Settlers, tell us, what do you think will happen?
    First published 01:10 03.01.10 | Last updated 13:37 03.01.10
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