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Israeli settlers have been slowly nibbling away at Palestine's West Bank territory for more than 30 years. Approximately 360,000 settlers now occupy illegal outposts that range in size from plywood shacks to full-blown suburban housing complexes. Their abundance has grounded the much-ballyhooed two-state solution to a halt.
In 2012, VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky traveled from Tel Aviv to the remote West Bank outposts of Palestine where young Israelis squat for the sake of their heritage. There, he met Simcha and Yosef, a pair of teenage settlers at the Havat Gilad outpost in the West Bank doing what Israeli settlers do best: building and re-building houses without a permit.
But first, Simon needed some quick counterterrorism training with a member of Israel's Special Forces, just in case.