In defense of 'settlements' Yisrael Medad, Yisrael Medad, an American-born Israeli commentator, has lived in Shiloh since 1981. He is head of information resources at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem and blogs at www.myrightword.blogspot.com.
Hard times? Depends on where you live Alan Berube, Alan Berube is a senior fellow and research director at the Brookings Institution's Metropolitan Policy Program and coauthor of the new report, "MetroMonitor: Tracking Economic Recession and Recovery in America's 100 Largest Metropolitan Areas" (brookings.edu/metromonitor).
A guide to Israeli settlements Gershom Gorenberg, Gershom Gorenberg is the author of "The Accidental Empire: Israel and the Birth of the Settlements, 1967-1977" and a senior correspondent for the American Prospect. He blogs at southjerusalem.com.