Israeli settler population growth slowed in 2001. The 2001 growth rate was 5.2 percent, as opposed to 8 percent in previous years, according to Israel’s Interior Ministry. At the end of 2001 there 213,672 Jews living in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, according to ministry statistics. Most of the increase was in fervently Orthodox settlements. Some 74,000 Jews live in parts of the Jerusalem metropolitan area considered to be in the territories.
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