The Community Settlement: a neo-rural territorial tool

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The Israeli Community Settlements are small-scale non-agricultural villages that consist of a limited number of families and a homogenous character. This method began to be used by the Israeli government and its different planning agencies during the 1970s as a tool to strengthen the state's territorial and demographical control over the Israeli internal frontiers of the Galilee, the West-Bank and along the Green-Line. Unlike earlier settlement methods that relied on ideological values such as labour, agriculture, redemption, identity and integration, as part of the nation-building years, the Community Settlements promoted a more individual and neo-rural lifestyle. In this paper I ask to show how the Community Settlements formed the new leading tool for a national agenda, in correspondence with the changing ideals in Israeli culture, moving from a quasi-socialist society into a market-driven neoliberal one. Later, suburbanising the neo-rural phenomenon.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)237-257
Number of pages21
JournalPlanning Perspectives
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Community Settlement
  • Israel/Palestine
  • Neo-rurality
  • frontiers
  • neoliberalism
  • rural gentrification
  • suburbanisation


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