Israelis Found a Way to Beat the High Cost of Living: The West Bank

A can of Coke for $0.63, a dental filling for $63: The relative calm in the West Bank in recent years has created a booming economy along the ‘seam line’ as thousands of Israelis snap up everything, from toys and tents to fixing their cars

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Shuki Sadeh
Shuki Sadeh

The small Palestinian town of Husan sits very near the ultra-Orthodox settlement of Betar Ilit south of Jerusalem. Culturally, religiously and demographically they’re completely separate worlds, but on a Thursday afternoon in early November, a few ultra-Orthodox Jews were at the improvised market at the entrance to Husan, where fruits, vegetables, eggs, shoes and other products are sold at bargain prices.