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Theme of Israel’s Independence Day

The theme of Israel’s 34th Independence Day celebrated next month, will be “100 years of settlement” and to mark it, II new outpost settlements will be established. Yaacov Schatz, director of the government information center, told a press conference here yesterday. Only three of the settlements will be in Israel proper. Eight will be or the West Bank, the Gaza Strip or the Golan Heights.

The planned settlements are paramilitary outposts to be populated by Nahal, the “fighting pioneer youth” movement which permits young men and women to work on the land while fulfilling their military service requirements. Many stay on at settlements after completing military service.