An Israeli boy holds his bicycle near homes in the Jewish settler outpost of Amona in the West Bank December 5, 2016. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu closed in on a deal with a key rival Monday that could lead to approval of controversial legislation legalizing nearly 4,000 settler homes in the occupied West Bank.It would still need three full votes at Israel's Knesset, or Parliament, but an agreement between Netanyahu and Bennett would likely assure passage.Amona, where around 40 families live, is under a court order to be evacuated by Dec. 25 since it was built on Palestinian land.Netanyahu says he still backs a two-state solution to the decades-old Palestinian-Israeli conflict.According to settlement watchdog Peace Now, the bill, if Amona is removed, would legalize some 3,881 housing units.Most of the homes are located in Israeli-approved settlements but were built on Palestinian land.
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