U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, speaks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a meeting in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. (Carlo Allegri/Pool Photo via AP)
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has spoken by phone to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in a bid to calm Washington's anger over new Israeli settlement plans, an official said Sunday.U.S. President Barack Obama's administration has accelerated its criticism of Israeli settlement building in the West Bank in recent months, warning it is destroying hopes for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.The plan that provoked U.S. anger involves 300 units in the heart of the West Bank, roughly halfway between the Palestinian cities of Ramallah and Nablus.Israel has so far advanced plans for 98 of the 300 units -- even though only around 40 families live in the outpost, known as Amona, that must be demolished.
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