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July 7, 2006
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The brother of the former U.S. ambassador to Israel moved to a West Bank settlement. Ben Kurtzer, whose brother Daniel wrapped up his term as U.S. envoy in Tel Aviv last year, arrived in Israel on Thursday in a group of 250 immigrants from North America brought by the Nefesh B’Nefesh program. “We decided that this is our home and we want to live among our people,” Kurtzer told the Ynet news Web site. “This is a very special country and we are very happy to be part of it.” According to Ynet, Kurtzer and his family are to live in Ma’aleh Adumim, the biggest West Bank settlement. Kurtzer said he would apply all his “diplomatic skills” to prevail on his brother to move to Israel as well. Daniel Kurtzer, who served in Cairo before being posted to Tel Aviv, impressed many Israelis with his fluent Hebrew.

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