Throughout his journey, Louis gets close to the people most involved with driving the extreme end of the Jewish settler movement – finding them warm, friendly, humorous, and deeply troubling.
Louis Theroux spends time with ultra-nationalist Jewish settlers and discovers a small, but very committed subculture.
Like the settlements up and down the West Bank, Havat Gilad is illegal under international law. On a tour around the hilltop, I asked him why he’d decided to make his life in this ramshackle encampment, at the end of a dirt road, on an inhospitable hilltop among Arab olive groves.
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On a hilltop in the Northern West Bank, not far from the large Palestinian city of Nablus, I met 17-year-old Yair Lieberman.
A part-time labourer and student, Yair’s home was a makeshift canvas-covered structure, only slightly more solid than a tent, which he shared with three other young men.
The bed was a tangled mess of sheets, in the style of a conventional teenager’s, and hung around the dwelling were posters – though not of pop groups, but of favourite rabbis.
Outside, in the neighbouring lots, was a scattering of fifteen or so caravans and trailers – the outpost of Havat Gilad. Yair moved up to Havat Gilad a couple of years ago.
"We shall reduce the Arab population to a community of woodcutters and waiters" Uri Lubrani, PM Ben-Gurion's special adviser on Arab Affairs, 1960. [I] tend to support the latter view and have an additional argument:..need to sustain the character of the state which will henceforth be Jewish..a non-Jewish minority limited to 15 percent. "Everybody has to move, run and grab as many hilltops as they can to enlarge the settlements because everything we take now will stay ours... Nothing you can do will meet our demands and needs. "We will have a world government whether you like it or not. You can hasten our arrival or you can equally retard it. In fact, compared to our race, other races are beasts and animals, cattle at best. The masses will lick our feet and serve us as our slaves." - Israeli prime Minister Menachem Begin in a speech to the Knesset [Israeli Parliament] quoted by Amnon Kapeliouk, "Begin and the Beasts," New Statesman, June 25, 1982 29.