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With Trump in the White House, Israel moves aggressively to build on disputed land

With Trump in the White House, Israel moves aggressively to build on disputed land

The city of Jerusalem, emboldened by anticipated support from the Trump administration, on Sunday authorized the construction of some 560 new homes in areas of the city claimed by the Palestinians as a capital of their future state.

The announcement came as members of Israel’s right-wing government clamored for Israeli expansion in the West Bank and in East Jerusalem, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held what was described as a “very warm” phone conversation with President Trump.

“A new era has begun,” Education Minister Naftali Bennett, the leader of the pro-settlement Jewish Home party, told Israeli reporters, calling on government ministers to support a...

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