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Israel welcomes U.S. settlement move, Palestinians outraged

FILE PHOTO: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses members of his right-wing party bloc at a conference in Tel Aviv, Israel November 17, 2019. REUTERS/Nir Elias

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel praised a U.S. decision on Monday to soften its position on Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, a move that upset the Palestinians who said it contradicts international law.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the U.S. decision “rights a historical wrong,” and called on other countries to take a similar stance.

A spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said the U.S. decision “contradicts totally with international law.”

Reporting by Ari Rabinovitch