At least one settler is an influential Washington journalist

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Transparency in journalism. Tony Judt in the New York Times yesterday:

Israel needs “settlements.” They are intrinsic to the image it has
long sought to convey to overseas admirers and fund-raisers: a
struggling little country securing its rightful place in a hostile
environment… 

The
settler population has grown consistently at a rate of 5 percent
annually over the past two decades, three times the rate of increase of
the Israeli population as a whole. Together with the Jewish population
of East Jerusalem (itself illegally annexed to Israel), the settlers
today number more than half a million people: just over 10 percent of
the Jewish population of so-called Greater Israel.

Note that Ron Kampeas, who is the Washington bureau chief of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, offered a confession a month or so back:

[T]he Israeli government has unnaturally impeded the natural growth
of [Jerusalem's] Arab population and has unnaturally spurred its Jewish
growth.

"The mantra of all Israeli policies in Jerusalem is to maintain the
natural balance," Seidemann said. "Which means that the birth of an
Israeli child is a simcha and the birth of a Palestinian child is a
demographic threat."

(Full disclosure: I own an apartment in East Talpiot, one of
Jerusalem's post-1967 "new" neighborhoods, one I purchased with a loan
that had favorable terms for olim, or new immigrants. The
loan would have applied wherever I settled in Israel. There were
additional incentives at the time to settle in Ma'aleh Adumim and other
West Bank settlements…)

Good for Kampeas for the confession. And does this affect his coverage? It has to. It's where you sit, isn't it? By the way, State Department spokesman Ian Kelly says Obama's demand that Israel freeze settlements applies to East Jerusalem too.

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