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Exclusive: Israel builds new Jerusalem road that will link settlements as government weighs West Bank annexation

FILE PHOTO: An aerial view shows a bridge under construction as part of The American Road, an Israeli ring road that is being built through East Jerusalem. The construction is in Sur Baher, a Palestinian neighbourhood of East Jerusalem May 10, 2020. Picture taken with a drone. REUTERS/Ilan Rosenberg

FILE PHOTO: An aerial view shows a bridge under construction as part of The American Road, an Israeli ring road that is being built through East Jerusalem. The construction is in Sur Baher, a Palestinian neighbourhood of East Jerusalem May 10, 2020....more

FILE PHOTO: An aerial view shows a bridge under construction as part of The American Road, an Israeli ring road that is being built through East Jerusalem. The construction is in Sur Baher, a Palestinian neighbourhood of East Jerusalem May 10, 2020. Picture taken with a drone. REUTERS/Ilan Rosenberg
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FILE PHOTO: An aerial view shows a bridge under construction as part of The American Road, an Israeli ring road that is being built through East Jerusalem. The construction is in Sur Baher, a Palestinian neighbourhood of East Jerusalem May 10, 2020. Picture taken with a drone. REUTERS/Ilan Rosenberg

FILE PHOTO: An aerial view shows a bridge under construction as part of The American Road, an Israeli ring road that is being built through East Jerusalem. The construction is in Sur Baher, a Palestinian neighbourhood of East Jerusalem May 10, 2020....more

FILE PHOTO: An aerial view shows a bridge under construction as part of The American Road, an Israeli ring road that is being built through East Jerusalem. The construction is in Sur Baher, a Palestinian neighbourhood of East Jerusalem May 10, 2020. Picture taken with a drone. REUTERS/Ilan Rosenberg
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FILE PHOTO: A view shows a bridge under construction as part of The American Road, an Israeli ring road that is being built through East Jerusalem. The construction is in Sur Baher, a Palestinian neighbourhood of East Jerusalem May 10, 2020. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

FILE PHOTO: A view shows a bridge under construction as part of The American Road, an Israeli ring road that is being built through East Jerusalem. The construction is in Sur Baher, a Palestinian neighbourhood of East Jerusalem May 10, 2020....more

FILE PHOTO: A view shows a bridge under construction as part of The American Road, an Israeli ring road that is being built through East Jerusalem. The construction is in Sur Baher, a Palestinian neighbourhood of East Jerusalem May 10, 2020. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun
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FILE PHOTO: An aerial view shows a bridge under construction as part of The American Road, an Israeli ring road that is being built through East Jerusalem. The construction is in Sur Baher, a Palestinian neighbourhood of East Jerusalem May 10, 2020. Picture taken with a drone. REUTERS/Ilan Rosenberg

FILE PHOTO: An aerial view shows a bridge under construction as part of The American Road, an Israeli ring road that is being built through East Jerusalem. The construction is in Sur Baher, a Palestinian neighbourhood of East Jerusalem May 10, 2020....more

FILE PHOTO: An aerial view shows a bridge under construction as part of The American Road, an Israeli ring road that is being built through East Jerusalem. The construction is in Sur Baher, a Palestinian neighbourhood of East Jerusalem May 10, 2020. Picture taken with a drone. REUTERS/Ilan Rosenberg
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FILE PHOTO: An aerial view shows a section of The American Road, an Israeli ring road being built near the Palestinian neighbourhood of Umm Tuba in East Jerusalem May 20, 2020.  Picture taken with a drone. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

FILE PHOTO: An aerial view shows a section of The American Road, an Israeli ring road being built near the Palestinian neighbourhood of Umm Tuba in East Jerusalem May 20, 2020. Picture taken with a drone. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

FILE PHOTO: An aerial view shows a section of The American Road, an Israeli ring road being built near the Palestinian neighbourhood of Umm Tuba in East Jerusalem May 20, 2020. Picture taken with a drone. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
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FILE PHOTO: A bird flies near a section of a bridge under construction as part of The American Road, an Israeli ring road that is being built through East Jerusalem. The construction is in Sur Baher, a Palestinian neighbourhood of East Jerusalem May 20, 2020.  REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

FILE PHOTO: A bird flies near a section of a bridge under construction as part of The American Road, an Israeli ring road that is being built through East Jerusalem. The construction is in Sur Baher, a Palestinian neighbourhood of East Jerusalem May...more

FILE PHOTO: A bird flies near a section of a bridge under construction as part of The American Road, an Israeli ring road that is being built through East Jerusalem. The construction is in Sur Baher, a Palestinian neighbourhood of East Jerusalem May 20, 2020. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun
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FILE PHOTO: A horse stands near a bridge under construction as part of The American Road, an Israeli ring road that is being built through East Jerusalem. The construction is in Sur Baher, a Palestinian neighbourhood of East Jerusalem May 20, 2020. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun



FILE PHOTO: A horse stands near a bridge under construction as part of The American Road, an Israeli ring road that is being built through East Jerusalem. The construction is in Sur Baher, a Palestinian neighbourhood of East Jerusalem May 20, 2020....more

FILE PHOTO: A horse stands near a bridge under construction as part of The American Road, an Israeli ring road that is being built through East Jerusalem. The construction is in Sur Baher, a Palestinian neighbourhood of East Jerusalem May 20, 2020. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun


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A view shows the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, June 15, 2020. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

A view shows the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, June 15, 2020. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

A view shows the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, June 15, 2020. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
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A traffic sign is pictured in front of the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, June 15, 2020. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

A traffic sign is pictured in front of the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, June 15, 2020. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

A traffic sign is pictured in front of the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, June 15, 2020. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
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A view shows the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, June 15, 2020. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

A view shows the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, June 15, 2020. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

A view shows the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, June 15, 2020. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
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FILE PHOTO: A Palestinian woman walks along a road near construction work on an Israeli ring road, called The American Road, near the Palestinian neighbourhood of Sheikh Sa'ad in East Jerusalem May 12, 2020. REUTERS/Nir Elias

FILE PHOTO: A Palestinian woman walks along a road near construction work on an Israeli ring road, called The American Road, near the Palestinian neighbourhood of Sheikh Sa'ad in East Jerusalem May 12, 2020. REUTERS/Nir Elias

FILE PHOTO: A Palestinian woman walks along a road near construction work on an Israeli ring road, called The American Road, near the Palestinian neighbourhood of Sheikh Sa'ad in East Jerusalem May 12, 2020. REUTERS/Nir Elias
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FILE PHOTO: Hagit Ofran, from Israeli peace movement “Peace Now”, walks near a bridge under construction as part of The American Road, an Israeli ring road that is being built through East Jerusalem. The construction is in Sur Baher, a Palestinian neighbourhood of East Jerusalem May 20, 2020. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun



FILE PHOTO: Hagit Ofran, from Israeli peace movement “Peace Now”, walks near a bridge under construction as part of The American Road, an Israeli ring road that is being built through East Jerusalem. The construction is in Sur Baher, a Palestinian...more

FILE PHOTO: Hagit Ofran, from Israeli peace movement “Peace Now”, walks near a bridge under construction as part of The American Road, an Israeli ring road that is being built through East Jerusalem. The construction is in Sur Baher, a Palestinian neighbourhood of East Jerusalem May 20, 2020. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun


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FILE PHOTO: Construction work is seen on a section of The American Road, an Israeli ring road being built near the Palestinian neighbourhood of Umm Tuba in East Jerusalem May 20, 2020. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

FILE PHOTO: Construction work is seen on a section of The American Road, an Israeli ring road being built near the Palestinian neighbourhood of Umm Tuba in East Jerusalem May 20, 2020. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

FILE PHOTO: Construction work is seen on a section of The American Road, an Israeli ring road being built near the Palestinian neighbourhood of Umm Tuba in East Jerusalem May 20, 2020. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun
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FILE PHOTO: Billboards show artists' impressions of what a section of The American Road, an Israeli ring road being built through East Jerusalem will look like when completed, near the Palestinian neighbourhood of Sur Baher in East Jerusalem May 20, 2020. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

FILE PHOTO: Billboards show artists' impressions of what a section of The American Road, an Israeli ring road being built through East Jerusalem will look like when completed, near the Palestinian neighbourhood of Sur Baher in East Jerusalem May 20,...more

FILE PHOTO: Billboards show artists' impressions of what a section of The American Road, an Israeli ring road being built through East Jerusalem will look like when completed, near the Palestinian neighbourhood of Sur Baher in East Jerusalem May 20, 2020. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun
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