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Israel's West Bank settler population grew nearly 3%. Supporters...

The population of Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank grew nearly 3% in 2023, reaching 517,407, according to a report by pro-settler group The settler population has grown over 15% in the last five years and is predicted to continue growing in the coming years. The report attributes this growth to the recent war in Gaza, which persuaded many Israelis to change their stance on settlement-building. The international community considers Israel's settlements to be illegal and obstacles to peace, while Israel views the West Bank as disputed territory. The report projects that the settler population in the West Bank will exceed 600,000 by 2030 if the current growth rate continues.

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