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Netanyahu says he convinced White House that ‘settlement blocs’ don’t exist

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he convinced Donald Trump’s to drop distinction between isolated outposts and settlement blocs in the West Bank.

Speaking to leaders of the pro-settlement Yesha council, Netanyahu says that “we assume the Americans plan to lay down a political plan soon. I managed to convince the government there was no such term ‘settlement blocs,'” he says according to the Walla news site.

Netanyahu makes the remarks during a closed-door meeting with Yesha leaders who called on the prime minister to lift an Obama-era “freeze” on new construction in the West Bank.

Trump, too, had asked Netanyahu to “hold back” on settlement building.

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