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July 26, 2012 9:27 am

West Bank’s Jewish Population Doubles Since 2000

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LA Times – The number of Jewish settlers in the West Bank has crossed the 350,000 mark for the first time, and most of the growth — now about 4.5% annually — is coming outside the major settlement blocs in areas that are not expected to become part of Israel under a two-state solution, according to a report Thursday in the pro-government Israel Hayom newspaper.

At 350,143, the Jewish population in the West Bank has nearly doubled since 2000, when it was 190,206, said the newspaper, quoting data from the Interior Ministry. Over the last year, 15,600 new settlers were reported living in the West Bank.

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