Their average income is higher, their average educational levels are higher, they average far less sickness than the general population, their contribution to society through volunteerism and army service is higher. So yes, they are "pioneers, heroes who are mounting the hills of Samaria and Judea to settle ancient parts of the homeland and fight the Arabs surrounding them." And a majority of Israelis, including secular Israelis, view them as the modern-day Maccabees- in a positive way. Aluf Benn is just bitter that we all realize that.
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from the article: Settlers are addicted to government money