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For Bennett, U.S. Slamming Settlements Has Some Political Advantages

Bennett and Biden's first confrontation was a mild one, but another public feud between Israel and the United States has fanned the flames

Jonathan Lis
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Prime Minister Naftali Bennett figured he could give a wink to the Israeli right wing and promote some token construction in the settlements. He initiated a fairly limited move by approving the construction of thousands of housing units there, and cloaked this with a gesture to the Palestinians, including 1,300 building permits, the first time this has happened in a decade. He hoped that his protective vest of left-wing coalition parties would encourage the international community to contain the move, signaling that this was a tax he had to pay to bolster the right wing of his coalition, not a renewed upsurge in settlement expansion.

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