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groovedaddy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-14-08 11:51 AM
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Settlers Who Long to Leave the West Bank
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RIMONIM, West Bank Surrounded by hostility, living on land most of the world wants turned over to Palestinians for a state, they meet quietly in Jewish settlements like this one, plotting the future. But these besieged West Bank settlers, widely viewed as an obstacle to peace, want only one surprising thing: to get out.

While the vast majority of settlers vow never to abandon the heart of the historic Jewish homeland these ancient and starkly beautiful hills whose biblical names are Judea and Samaria thousands of other settlers say they want to move back to within the pre-1967 borders of Israel.

They say the West Bank settlement enterprise at least that part beyond the barrier of wall and fence Israel has been building is doomed and their lives are at risk. Many say something else as well: The Israeli occupation of land claimed by the Palestinians is wrong and they want no part of it. But their houses are worthless, and they are stuck. They want help.

I came here 25 years ago to live in the countryside and raise my family, said David Avidan as he sat in a neighbors living room here one recent evening to discuss an exit strategy. We wanted to resettle the whole land of Israel, he added. But now when I see how our soldiers treat Palestinians at the checkpoints, I am ashamed. I want us to get out of here. I want two states for two people. But I cant get any money for my house and I cant leave.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/14/world/middleeast/14se...
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