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A picture taken on January 26, 2017 shows new apartments under construction in the Israeli settlement of Har Homa (foreground-L) situated in East Jerusalem, in front of the West Bank city of Bethlehem (background-R)
Israeli officials gave final approval Thursday to 153 east Jerusalem settler homes, the deputy mayor said, adding to a sharp increase in such projects since US President Donald Trump took office. / AFP / AHMAD GHARABLI        (Photo credit should read AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken on January 26, 2017 shows new apartments under construction in the Israeli settlement of Har Homa (foreground-L) situated in East Jerusalem, in front of the West Bank city of Bethlehem (background-R)
Israeli officials gave final approval Thursday to 153 east Jerusalem settler homes, the deputy mayor said, adding to a sharp increase in such projects since US President Donald Trump took office. / AFP / AHMAD GHARABLI        (Photo credit should read AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images)

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President Donald Trump's administration issued a statement saying that the construction of new Israeli settlements or the expansion of existing settlements "may not be helpful in achieving" peace.