March 30, 2017 / 8:02 PM / 5 months ago

Israeli cabinet approves first West Bank settlement in 20 years

FILE PHOTO: A man helps direct the removal of a pre-fabricated home in the recently evicted illegal Israeli settler outpost of Amona, in the occupied West Bank February 6, 2017.Baz Ratner/File Photo

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's security cabinet approved on Thursday the building of the first new settlement in the occupied West Bank in two decades, even as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu negotiates with Washington on possible curbs on settlement activity.

An official statement said the construction would take place in the area of Emek Shilo.

Reporting by Ari Rabinovitch; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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