New houses in Maaleh Adumim, a town on the outskirts of Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, File)
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Title: Israel Settlements
Caption: FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2012 file photo, a Jewish settler looks at the West bank settlement of Maaleh Adumim, from the E-1 area on the eastern outskirts of Jerusalem. West Bank settlement construction surged during the first year of the Trump presidency, an Israeli monitoring group said Sunday, releasing data that added to Palestinian mistrust of the American administration. Peace Now said that Israel began construction of 2,783 settlement homes in 2017. That was about 17 percent higher than the annual average since Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took office in 2009. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, File)
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