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Israel’s Likud Party Members Call For Annexing Settlements

The ruling Likud Party’s central committee has unanimously endorsed a resolution calling for the annexation of West Bank settlements, sending a tough message to the Palestinians in the wake of President Donald Trump’s recognition of Israel’s capital, The Associated Press reports. The decision Sunday night marked the latest step by Likud to distance itself from the internationally backed idea of establishing an independent Palestinian state as part of a future peace deal. The Palestinians condemned the decision and accused Trump of emboldening the Likud party. The central committee is only an advisory body, and Sunday’s vote did not reflect an official policy change. But its decisions reflect…