Netanyahu Defends West Bank Settlements Ahead of Israel Election

Netanyahu Defends West Bank Settlements Ahead of Israel Election

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The West Bank settlement of Ariel seen on Dec. 4, 2012. “Last night, I met with five U.S. senators, Democrats and Republicans, and I told them that the problem is not building in Ariel and it is not building in Jerusalem,” Netanyahu told the weekly Cabinet meeting, according to an e-mail from his office. “The problem in the Middle East is Iran’s attempt to build nuclear weapons, and the chemical weapons in Syria and the Islamic extremism that is spreading in Africa and threatening to inundate the entire region.”