Israeli Settlements

Israel began establishing civilian communities in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Golan Heights, and Sinai Peninsula after capturing these territories in the 1967 war. Israel withdrew from Sinai in 1982 as part of its obligations under the 1979 Israel-Egypt peace agreement. Israel unilaterally withdrew from the Gaza Strip in 2005. The issue of Israeli settlements in the West Bank and their continued expansion remains central to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

APN Resources


Audio and Video


The Lords of the Land: The War Over Israel's Settlements in the Occupied Territories, 1967-2007

Akiva Eldar and Idith Zertal | Nation Books (2009)
Book Review (The New York Times) | CampusBooks

The Accidental Empire: Israel and the Birth of the Settlements, 1967-1977

Gershom Gorenberg | Owl Books (2007)
Book Review (The New York Times) | CampusBooks

Zealots for Zion: Inside Israel's West Bank Settlement Movement

Robert I. Friedman / Random House (1994)
Book Review (Kirkus Reviews) | CampusBooks

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