- Title: Netanyahu set to approve first West Bank settlement in 20 years
- Date: 30th March 2017
- Summary: JERUSALEM (MARCH 30, 2017) (REUTERS FOR POOL) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU AND PRESIDENT OF SLOVAKIA ANDREJ KISKA WALKING ON RED CARPET FLAG OF ISRAEL (SOUNDBITE) (Hebrew) ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER, BENJAMIN NETANYAHU, SAYING: "I made a promise that we would establish a new settlement, I think I made the first commitment in December and we will keep it today. There are a few hours until then and you will get all the details."
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- Keywords: Israel Benjamin Netanyahu Amona Settlement Palestinians West Bank
- Location: JERUSALEM/AMONA, WEST BANK
- City: JERUSALEM/AMONA, WEST BANK
- Country: Israel
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA0016A5J5MV
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- Story Text: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he expected to sign off on Thursday (March 30) on building the first new settlement in the occupied West Bank for two decades, even as he negotiates with Washington on a possible curb on settlement activity.
Netanyahu was due to convene his security cabinet later in the day to approve the new enclave, government officials said.
He made the pledge in the run-up to the eviction in February of 40 families from the West Bank settlement of Amona. Israel's Supreme Court said the dwellings had to be razed because they were built illegally on privately owned Palestinian land.
Israel and the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump are in discussions on limiting the construction of settlements, which are built on land Palestinians seek for a state.
A new settlement would be the first built in the West Bank since 1999. About 400,000 Israeli settlers live in the West Bank which is also home to 2.8 million Palestinians. Another 200,000 Israelis live in East Jerusalem.
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