The new settlement will be used to house families that were evacuated from the illegal outpost of Amona in February.

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The Israeli Security Cabinet on Thursday approved the construction of a new settlement in the West Bank for the evacuated residents of Amona.

“I promised from the very beginning that we were going to build a new settlement, and today we are fulfilling that promise,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday before a meeting with his Slovakian counterpart.

Earlier on Thursday, Israel announced that about 220 acres of land in the West Bank will be used for new houses. To leaders of the settler community, this seems like the government’s attempt to “sweeten the pill” ahead of building restrictions soon to be imposed by the US administration.

A week ago, Netanyahu announced “significant progress” on the issue of settlements with Donald Trump’s administration, though a White House statement later made it clear that the issue was still unresolved.