Israel announced plans Tuesday to build 2,500 more settler homes on the West Bank, moving to step up construction just days after the swearing-in of Donald Trump brought to power a U.S. administration seen as friendly to the settlement movement.
"We are building — and we will continue to build," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wrote in a Facebook post.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer did not answer directly when asked about Trump's reaction.
"Israel continues to be a huge ally of the United States," Spicer said. "He wants to grow closer with Israel to make sure that it gets the full respect that it deserves in the Middle...