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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with Judea and Samaria council heads in Gush Etzion

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu toured Gush Etzion on Tuesday (Nov. 19) and met with Judea and Samaria council heads a day after news broke worldwide that the United States government plans to recognize Israeli settlements in Judea and Samaria as legal entities.

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“I admit that I am very moved,” Netanyahu told the council leaders. “We are here, in Gush Etzion, a place we were expelled from in the War of Independence. Here we are on a historic day with another tremendous achievement for the State of Israel, which we have greatly worked for.”

Netanyahu added that the Trump administration has “corrected an historic injustice and lined up with truth and justice.” He thanked President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and said, “This is a very great day for the State of Israel and an achievement that will stand for generations.”


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.