This file photo taken on January 25, 2017 shows a partial view of the Israeli settlement of Ariel near the West Bank city of Nablus. AFP / JACK GUEZ
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Israel's Supreme Court Sunday met in an expanded panel of nine justices to consider striking down a law on settlements so contentious that the attorney general refuses to defend it.Sunday, attorney Harel Arnon, argued in defense of the legislation in place of attorney-general Avichai Mandelblit, who has warned the government that the law could be unconstitutional and risked exposing Israel to international prosecution for war crimes.It was not known Sunday when the court would deliver its ruling.International law considers all settlements to be illegal, but Israel distinguishes between those that it sanctions and those it does not, dubbed outposts.
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