This week, we’re continuing our in-depth look at the Israeli settlements. To get a better understanding of the subject, we’re jumping back to biblical times to unpack the Jewish connection to Judea and Samaria (the West Bank).

As with everything Jewish, it all starts with Abraham. This was a man who spent much of his time on the move – much of it in what we now call the West Bank. And it wasn’t just Abraham. His descendants (and later, generations of Jewish people) also spent a lot of time in Judea and Samaria, creating a long-lasting connection with places such as Hebron, Shechem (Nablus), Beit El, Gilgal and Gibeah.

A connection that couldn’t be broken through thousands of years of exile.Fast forward to the 20th century where events in two separate communities – the ancient city of Hebron and the modern agricultural village of Kfar Etzion – took on a powerful symbolism for Jewish resettlement in the West Bank.