Israel pushes ahead with settlements as Trump takes office

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Netanyahu says Jews have been in these areas for centuries and that their presence does not undermine prospects for peace. He blames failed peace efforts on Arab denials of Jews’ historical connections to the land.

Nabil Abu Rdeneh, a spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, condemned the building plans and called on the U.N. to act. “It is time to stop dealing with Israel as a state above the law,” he said.