Netanyahu vows new settlement ahead of meeting with US envoy

FILE - In this Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem. As Netanyahu visits the White House, the Trump administration has suggested that peace between the Israelis and Palestinians may not come in the form of a two-state solution — a position that could represent a dramatic shift from 20 years of U.S. policy. Speaking to reporters ahead of President Donald Trump's meeting Wednesday with Netanyahu, a senior White House official said Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, that Trump is eager to begin facilitating a peace deal between the two sides and hoping to bring them together soon. (Gali Tibbon, Pool via AP, File)

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is vowing to keep his promise to build Israel’s first new West Bank settlement in two decades — even as Netanyahu and President Trump’s envoy continue discussions on future settlement building.
Netanyahu will meet with Trump envoy Jason Greenblatt on Thursday as part of efforts to reach an “agreed-upon policy” on settlement construction in West Bank land that the Palestinians claim for their future state. Trump has asked Israel to “hold off” on settlement building.
Netanyahu said reaching an understanding with the U.S. on settlements was “good for Israel.” But he said he would honor a promise he made last month to build a new settlement to replace a settlement outpost Israel dismantled because Israel’s Supreme Court determined it was built on private Palestinian land.