Jewish settlements in occupied territories have always been a particular point of contention in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Taub examines them through the lens of Zionism, which he argues has always been an explicitly secular and democratic movement that seeks political self-determination for the Jews. A small minority, however, define Zionism as the redemption of the Land of Israel, not the establishment of political independence in the state of Israel, thereby justifying settlements. His thesis is that settlements are a manifestation of an underlying struggle concerning the definition of Zionism itself and not simply an internal political debate. By clearly and concisely tracing the history of religious Zionists and examining their ideology, settlement activities, and shifting political rhetoric, Taub does a great service presenting a very complex situation that, viewed from afar, may seem quite simple. --Christopher McConnell
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"Anyone who has been concerned or angered by the debate over the future of liberal Zionism ... should hurry to read "The Settlers.""--Adam Kirsch, "Tablet Magazine"
--Adam Kirsch "Tablet Magazine "