Inside Israel's Top Settlements

Who lives there, and why?
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 18, 2010 7:04 AM CDT
Updated Sep 18, 2010 7:36 AM CDT
Inside Israel's Top Settlements
Ariel sits on the Palestinian side of the separation barrier, a full nine miles from Israel's 1967 borders. Ariel University, seen here, has 8,500 students, enrolling both Jews and Arabs.   (AP Photo/Moti Milrod)

Israel's West Bank settlements have become one of the most contentious points in Middle East peace talks. But where are these settlements anyway, and who lives in there? The Christian Science Monitor takes a look at the five biggest, presented in brief in the slideshow above. People flock to these settlements, the paper says, partly for ideological reasons, and partly because they are simply cheaper places to live.

For more on the settlement debate, click here.
(More West Bank stories.)

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