West Bank tensions
not withstanding, all residents of one West Bank settlement can seem talk about these days is the extramarital affair between the settlement's security officer and a Bedouin scout - well, that and their "love child".
The heroine of the story is A., 24, who, according to her neighbors, is quite the beauty. However this is no princess and a year and a half ago A. was appointed to the manliest of positions in the settlement - security coordinator.
Among A.'s responsibilities were commanding the settlement's on-call emergency squad; a group of macho men, all graduates of the IDF's combat units,
who are supposed to be the settlement's first responders to a terrorist infiltration
A. received her security training during her service in the Border Guard.
At the time she met a Bedouin scout
and a relationship between the two began.
After she was dischargeed, their romantic relationship continued, prompting the Bedouin to move to the Ephraim Territorial Brigade,
not far from her settlement.
A month and a half ago, the two moved into a rented apparent in the settlement and last month A. gave birth to their child.
The birth of the boy was the first time residents became aware of the couple's unique love affair. Surprisingly, there are those in the settlement who disapprove.
"We didn't know. We are truly shocked," one resident said.
"Were are very pleased with her performance as security coordinator, but you must understand that such a relationship, out of wedlock and with a child is just unacceptable for us as a community - most of us are religious."
Lately, numerous discussions within the community about the affair and the baby are taking place.
However, as of yet, no decision has been reached.
In any case A. is still on maternity leave and has yet to return to duty, giving the settlers more time to wrap their heads around this unusual love story.
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