The Nation: THOSE DISPUTED SETTLEMENTS

Kaddum. Ofra. Ma'ale Adumim.

These are the three Israeli settlements on the West Bank of the Jordan River that Israeli Premier Menachem Begin legalized last week, to the distress of the Carter Administration. The communities had been founded in 1974 and 1975 by ultranationalist Jews in defiance of Labor government policy.

Since the Six-Day War, Israel has established 90 settlements in the occupied territories, including nine communities on the outskirts of Jerusalem, 36 on the West Bank (see map), 25 on the Golan Heights and 20 in Sinai and the Gaza

Strip. Total population of the settlements: about 60,000. But Kaddum (newly renamed Alon...

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