Look at the photo. It is typical of the pictures that accomany articles about settlements. Most of them show variations on the same theme: They are sited in relatively empty and barren land, so that hardly any Pal interest is harmed. If, after fifteen hundred years,the Pals have made no effort to settle these places themselves, it is self-evident that they weren't going to do so.
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