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Trump warned that the expansion of Israeli settlements may not help achieve peace

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The Trump administration has issued a statement Thursday evening detailing its position on the expansion of settlements in the West Bank, saying they "may not be helpful" in achieving peace, according to a statement released by the White House.

Sean Spicer said in a statement, "The Trump administration has not taken an official position on settlement activity and looks forward to continuing discussions, including with Prime Minister Netanyahu when he visits with President Trump later this month.

Trump, however, has expressed his support of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu in the past. After the United States abstained from a UN vote in December, allowing the international body to pass a resolution condemning the construction of additional Israeli settlements in the occupied territories. 

Trump tweeted this after the vote.

And Prime Minister Netanyahu responded with this.

The announcement made by the White House follows Netanyahu's announced plans for the construction of nearly six thousand new settlements this week, the Washington Post reported.

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