PM Netanyahu has updated his Cabinet that Israel has agreed to adopt a policy of restrained settlement construction.

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The Israeli government will be “significantly restraining” its construction in West Bank settlement, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told members of his Security Cabinet on Friday. This decision adheres to requests recently made by Donald Trump’s administration.

Under the new policy, Israel will only build houses on land already being used by settlers and will refrain from expanding any settlements.

A senior White House official has said that the US “welcomes” the fact that Israel has chosen to “adopt a policy regarding settlement activity that takes the President’s concerns into consideration.”

“While the existence of settlements is not in itself an impediment to peace, further unrestrained settlement activity does not help advance peace,” the official said.

Regarding the construction of a new settlement for Amona residents, which was unanimously approved by the Security Cabinet on Thursday, the official said Netanyahu had committed to it prior to Trump’s inauguration and before the president expressed his concerns about further settlement activity.