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In 1983, Israeli novelist Amos Oz interviewed militant settler Pinchas Wallerstein. “There are 25,000 Jews, net, in Judea and Samaria [the West Bank] today, not counting greater Jerusalem,” said Wallerstein. “Five years from now, if you go by the home construction starts, there will be fifty to one hundred thousand [settlers] ... That’s a number it will be impossible for any government to uproot. Just give us five more years of peace and quiet and the question of the land of Israel will be sewn up for good.”

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