Benvenisti stresses [that] it’s not so much the number of settlements as the type of settlement that is the most significant factor.
During the period of the Labor government the concept of settlement dictated the building of kibbutzim and moshavim, which meant that arable land had to be found for agriculture. Now, under the Likud and their settlement vanguard, Gush Emunim, the emphasis is on urban settlement— dormitories for Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
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