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Biden administration said to ask Israel to limit settlement construction

New apartments buildings under construction in the Beit El settlement in the West Bank with the Palestinian city of Ramallah in the background, October 13, 2020. (Menahem Kahana/AFP)
New apartments buildings under construction in the Beit El settlement in the West Bank with the Palestinian city of Ramallah in the background, October 13, 2020. (Menahem Kahana/AFP)

The Biden administration has asked Prime Minister Naftali Bennett to restrain settlement building in the West Bank, according to the Walls news site.

Citing unnamed Israeli sources, the report says the request was relayed to the Prime Minister’s Office last week, with acting US Ambassador Michael Ratney phoning PMO officials to say the Biden administration wants plans for new settlements to be reduced in scope.

Ratney also reportedly raised concerns about possible future construction in the so-called E1 corridor between Jerusalem and the Ma’ale Adumim settlement.

An unnamed senior US official tells the news site that the administration has been in contact with Israel about settlements every week since Biden hosted Bennett at the White House in late August.

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