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Israel Announces New Settler Homes, Risking Biden’s Anger

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FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2020 file photo, workers take a break before European Union officials visit the construction site for Givat Hamatos settlement in Jerusalem. Israel on Monday, Jan. 12, 2021, advanced plans to build 800 new settler homes in the occupied West Bank, a move that could strain ties with the incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office announced the move, saying it would include 100 homes in a settlement where an Israeli woman was killed recently in an alleged terror attack. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo, File)

(AP) — Israel has advanced plans to build 800 new settler homes in the occupied West Bank, a move that could strain ties with the incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office announced the move on Monday. It would include 100 homes in a settlement where an Israeli woman was killed last month in an attack allegedly carried out by a Palestinian. President-elect Joe Biden is opposed to settlement expansion and has pledged a more even-handed approach after the Trump administration’s unprecedented support for Israel. The Palestinians view settlements as a violation of international law and an obstacle to peace, a position with wide international support.

 

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