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Israeli plans for new settlement construction irk U.S., Palestinians
Israeli plans for new settlement construction irk U.S., Palestinians

Israeli plans to advance settlement construction in the West Bank drew sharp rebukes Friday from the United States and Palestinian Authority, adding to already strained relations. The Israel Land Authority on Thursday invited bids to build 450 apartments earmarked for four settlements, including Kiryat Arba,  Adam, Elkana and Alfei Menash. Israeli authorities said most of the tenders had already been announced but failed to attract contractors. That did not appear to appease the United States, a key ally. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest expressed the Obama administration’s deep concern “about Israel's highly contentious settlement construction...

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