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Israel: Diplomat training to include West Bank visits, instructions on defending settlements

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Sunday, Nov 1, 2015. (Dan Balilty/Pool photo via AP)

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Sunday, Nov 1, 2015. (Dan Balilty/Pool photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Palestinians carry the body of Raed Jaradat, 22, at the family house during his funeral in the West Bank village of Sa'ir, Hebron, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015. According to the Israeli military, Jaradat stabbed an Israeli in the neck Monday, Oct. 26, before being shot and killed. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)

    Palestinians carry the body of Raed Jaradat, 22, at the family house during his funeral in the West Bank village of Sa'ir, Hebron, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015. According to the Israeli military, Jaradat stabbed an Israeli in the neck Monday, Oct. 26, before being shot and killed. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)  (The Associated Press)

  • Palestinian women mourn during the funeral of Raed Jaradat, 22, at the family house during his funeral in the West Bank village of Sa'ir, near Hebron, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015. According to the Israeli military, Jaradat stabbed an Israeli in the neck Monday, Oct. 26, before being shot and killed. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)

    Palestinian women mourn during the funeral of Raed Jaradat, 22, at the family house during his funeral in the West Bank village of Sa'ir, near Hebron, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015. According to the Israeli military, Jaradat stabbed an Israeli in the neck Monday, Oct. 26, before being shot and killed. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)  (The Associated Press)

Israel's deputy foreign minister says cadets training to become diplomats will now visit the West Bank and be taught how to defend Jewish settlements there.

Tzipi Hotovely told Israel's Army Radio on Sunday that she initiated changes in the course curriculum to include a greater emphasis on the Jewish people's ancient links to the land. It will include compulsory tours to the City of David, a Jewish settlement in traditionally Arab east Jerusalem, seized by Israel in the 1967 war.

Hotovely says it is important to stress that Jewish settlements are legal "by law and custom."

The international community generally considers settlement in lands captured in the 1967 war to be illegal and illegitimate. With Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also serving as foreign minister, Hotovely oversees the office's day-to-day operations.