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Israel Freezes Controversial West Bank Construction Plans

Under mounting international pressure, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has halted plans to build 20,000 new settler homes in the occupied West Bank. The Netanyahu directive late Tuesday froze plans for housing construction in a particularly sensitive area outside Jerusalem known as E1.  The reversal came just hours after Palestinian leaders threatened to walk out of Middle East peace talks brokered by the United States if the construction plan moved forward. In a...

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