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Israel's plan to build more West Bank settlements will complicate the peace process

Israel’s plan to build more West Bank settlements will complicate the peace process

This segment originally aired Feb. 14, 2017, on VICE News Tonight on HBO. 

One of the most urgent questions for America’s Israel policy is Israel’s plan to build more new settlements in the West Bank, further encroaching upon Palestinian territory. During his meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu last week, U.S. President Donald Trump indicated he wants settlement-building to slow down, but that doesn’t seem to be part of Netanyahu’s plan. Since Trump’s inauguration a month ago, Israel has announced the creation of 6,000 new settler units and legalized thousands of outposts.

VICE News went to the West Bank to find out what it takes for a settlement to be authorized and what this rapid expansion will mean for the prospects of the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

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