The author seems to limit "production" to the arts and sports. I'll tell you one thing the settlements produce: Proud, Happy Jews. Meanwhile, the author is only expert at producing hate and anger. I lived on a settlement for several years, and I will tell you that the creativity and love-for-all-Jews was astoundingly high there. As Yehoram Gaon said several years ago, (paraphrase) the rest of Israel can learn a lot about what it means to be a proud Israeli from the settlers.
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