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View Diary: The United Nation votes to accept Palestine as a non-member observer state by a margin of 138 - 9 (343 comments)

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    compared to the amount of secular/progressive Israelis living in settlements, yes, for sure.  The ideological settlers are literally religious about it and would live there even if it were more expensive, they believe they are doing the work of god and country by where they place their house.  A small number of secular Israelis live in settlements because of real estate costs and because many of the settlements within 15 minutes of Jerusalem are seen as suburbs and just not understood as controversial by Israelis anymore in the same way places like Ariel are.  but most secular &/or progressive Israelis who at least believe in theory in two states don't buy in settlements because they are busy voting for governments promising to hand them back.  The ultra-orthodox meanwhile don't really have a  political stake in who owns which piece of land.  I mean, of course they do, most of them aren't busy moving to Palestinian controlled areas, but they don't believe or acknowledge that stake, so when they buy houses it's for economics alone and the settlements are cheaper, so more of them end up there.

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