Jonathon Neumann, in Standpoint, has written a thoughtful and multilayered article about the settlements here. From Modi’in Illit to Ariel, Eli and Shiloh, it provides a good look.
One paragraph is as follows “Tamar serves us tea and cake and tells us of other recent visitors to Eli, including the American politician hopeful Mike Huckabee, the pollster Frank Luntz, and the television team of Louis Theroux. I recall a recent BBC programme of Theroux’s, “The Ultra-Zionists”, which featured some of the most uncompromising settlers who do live in tents and makeshift caravans and who barely recognise the authority of the state or, for that matter, the Yesha Council. Tamar says she and her neighbours spoke to Theroux’s team for several hours but were not included in the programme, presumably because they were not “extreme” enough. A more damning indictment of the Western media I do not know.”
I also liked this post ’67 perspective from the article:
“Within a few years, several communities had been established in the Etzion area, including Alon Shevut. “Re-established,” Rebecca corrects me, as there was a Jewish presence in this area prior to the declaration of Israeli statehood in 1948, but those Jews were forced out by Arab riots in 1929 and again in the 1930s. When Jordan occupied the West Bank following the Israeli War of Independence, Jews could not settle here, but following the Six-Day War, they returned, led by one of the children of those earlier evacuees. Since then, Alon Shevut has thrived, boasting a population of some 650 families — mainly modern Orthodox and religious Zionist — and a winery, in addition to the academy.
A discussion of the word “settlement” is here.