A construction crane installs new mobile homes in Amichai, near the settlement of Shiloh, between the Palestinian cities of Ramallah and Nablus in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, on February 21, 2018. AFP / AHMAD GHARABLI
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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 U.S. administration.Peace Now said that Israel began construction of 2,783 settlement homes in 2017 . 234 units, or 8 percent, were in tiny outposts that are not even authorized by Israel, it said.The Palestinians and most of the international community consider Israeli settlements to be illegal and obstacles to peace. Over 600,000 settlers now live in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, areas captured by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war and claimed by the Palestinians for their future state.
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