Israeli Settlements

Israeli leader delays demolition plan for West Bank hamlet

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday he has decided to postpone the planned demolition of a West Bank hamlet to allow time for a negotiated solution with its residents, in a move that appeared aimed at staving off the fierce international condemnation such a demolition would likely entail.

Israel has come under heavy criticism, with major European countries urging it to avoid the demolition of Khan al-Ahmar. The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor recently said such a move could constitute a war crime.

Israeli officials said alternative solutions have arrived in recent days from various sources and Netanyahu wanted to give them a chance. That...

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