Israeli Settlements Could Be Headed for Self-destruction, and It Has Nothing to With the Occupation

The settlement enterprise is in trouble, says a German-born architect who fell in love with Israel, converted to Judaism and now lives in the West Bank. But the problems are not related to politics

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Ulrich Jacov Becker.
Ulrich Jacov Becker.Credit: Daniel Tchetchik
Meirav Moran
Meirav Moran

Ulrich Jacov Becker looks at the West Bank settlement enterprise around him and is appalled by what he sees. Major highways are being paved, tunnels are being excavated, more and more residential units are going up in hilltop communities whose numbers are continually expanding. He’s certain that all of this is a historic mistake, a disaster with long-term implications.