The 450,000 Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank hold often violent relations with the Palestinians.
From July 1, the Israeli government aims to take its first steps toward implementing part of a US-proposed Middle East peace plan that paves the way for annexing key parts of the West Bank, including settlements long considered illegal by the majority of the international community.
The controversial plan also envisions the creation of a Palestinian state, but on reduced territory and the Palestinians have rejected it outright. As for annexation, they are 'obviously in favour'.
Above the West Bank settlement of Itamar, the wildcat outpost Givat Arnon is home to 27 Israeli families, both secular and observant Jews.