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CORRECTED-Obama praises Netanyahu on Israel settlement proposal

(Corrects to make clear Israel has not made any final decision yet on West Bank settlement freeze)

WASHINGTON, Nov 14 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Sunday praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for trying to win approval from his coalition government for a U.S. proposal to extend a freeze on West Bank settlement building.

“I commend Prime Minister Netanyahu for taking, I think, a very constructive step,” Obama told reporters upon arriving in the United States after a trip to Asia.

“It’s not easy for him to do but I think it’s a signal that he is serious.” (Reporting by Alister Bull; editing by Chris Wilson)

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