West Bank Settlements Become Havens Of Israeli Surburbanites

11/21/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Ilene R. Prusher csmonitor.com

Meet the Ovadiahs, the Allons, and the Cohens. They're new arrivals in Israeli neighborhoods where freshly laid red-tile roofs and toddler toys dotting green lawns are a picture of the Israeli equivalent of the American dream, minus the white picket fence.

But the sounds wafting through the air �" the constant clank of construction, and the Muslim call to prayer from nearby Palestinian villages �" speak to the larger context in which their new homes are located. All three families have recently bought homes in West Bank settlements, where the rate of population growth �" three times that of Israel alone �" is the subject of great global dispute.

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