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Israel reaffirms settlements on visit with German leader

BERLIN — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel gave no ground on Thursday over his plans to expand Jewish settlements, which have been widely criticized by the country’s European allies.

Speaking at a news conference in Berlin with Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel, Netanyahu said the 3,000 new homes planned for settlers represented ‘‘a consistent policy’’ that Israel would continue under any eventual peace deal it might reach with Palestinians.

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