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Israel approves settlement homes following Trump’s inauguration

Israel has approved hundreds of new settlement homes in the area of occupied East Jerusalem after the inauguration of US President Donald Trump.

"The rules of the game have changed with Donald Trump's arrival as president. We no longer have our hands tied as in the time of Barack Obama," said Jerusalem Deputy Mayor Mein Turgeman.  President Obama supported the UN resolution against the settlements – which he regarded as a key plank toward a potential “two-state solution.”

The UN resolution stated that the development of settlements "has no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law and a major obstacle to the achievement of the two-state solution and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace".

During Trump’s election campaign he expressed strong support to Israel. Following the resolution, he stated that he would not allow Israel to be treated with “disdain and disrespect”.

Over 500 000 Jewish people live in approximately 140 settlements built since the occupation.