The Settler

The Settler, a political romance novel, follows a young woman forcibly evacuated from her home in Gush Katif as she questions her religious-Zionist values on the steamy Tel Aviv dance floors

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Like the thousands who made their lives in the rural settlement of Gush Katif in Gaza, college-bound Sarah Dakar didn’t believe the Israel Defense Force would dare kick Jews out of their homes in Gaza. “Jews Don’t Expel Jews” she cried along with the Zionists activists seeking to stop what they called “The Expulsion.”

Once she is dragged out of her home by the Jewish army she had once idolized–and to which her brother lost his life–nothing is sacred. She sets off for Israel’s big city, Tel Aviv, seductively fertile ground for a religious rebel. The colorful lights and sizzling music of the world-famous nightclub, Atlantis, ignite her love for dance. Ziv Harel, the charismatic, liberal owner of the world-famous nightclub, Atlantis, is intrigued by the prospect of transforming a “religious settler” into a nightlife queen, but how far will Sarah go to question who she is and what she believes—and at what cost?

“Touching, sassy, angry and, above all, honest…a superb telling of what it’s really like inside, warts and all” – Bestselling novelist, Jack Engelhard

“An unconventional novel” – Yediot Aharonot

“Even when the characters force their own preconceived notions on others, the author shows again that people are much more complicated than they appear” – Jerusalem Post

“Arfa executes the difficult balance between sociopolitical commentary and human development artfully, avoiding veering into caricature with grace and humor.” – Israel National News

“The novel is beautifully written.” – Rick Richman, Jewish Current Issues