United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres (C) lays a wreath of flowers on the tomb of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in the West Bank city of Ramallah, on August 29, 2017. AFP / JAAFAR ASHTIYEH
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Israel's prime minister Tuesday has vowed to never uproot any West Bank settlement – just days after a White House envoy was in the region trying to restart peace talks.Benjamin Netanyahu's comments enraged the Palestinians and raised new questions about the slow start for U.S. peace efforts led by White House adviser Jared Kushner.Netanyahu spoke at a ceremony in Barkan, a settlement in the northern West Bank.The Palestinians say that settlements on occupied lands are illegal and undermine the goal of a two-state solution by gobbling up land – a position that is widely backed by the international community.Nabil Abu Rudaineh, spokesman for President Mahmoud Abbas, denounced Netanyahu's comments and urged the U.S. to intervene.A U.S. official played down Netanyahu's comments.
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