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.
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.
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).