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Media reports: Israeli PM orders settlement slowdown

  • Palestinians carry injured demonstrator during clashes with Israeli forces following a protest to mark the Land Day near the village of Madama, south of the West Bank city of Nablus, Thursday, March 30, 2017. Land Day commemorates the killing of six Arab citizens of Israel by the Israeli army and police on March 30, 1976 during protests over Israeli confiscations of Arab land. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

    Palestinians carry injured demonstrator during clashes with Israeli forces following a protest to mark the Land Day near the village of Madama, south of the West Bank city of Nablus, Thursday, March 30, 2017. Land Day commemorates the killing of six Arab citizens of Israel by the Israeli army and police on March 30, 1976 during protests over Israeli confiscations of Arab land. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE -- In this Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017 file photo, the Israeli settlement of Maaleh Adumim looms over Arab Bedouin shacks in the West Bank. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered a slowdown of construction in territory Palestinians want for a state in a gesture to President Donald Trump at the same cabinet meeting where he approved the first new settlement in two decades the heart of the West Bank. Netanyahu's government is dominated by pro-settler hard-liners who oppose Palestinian statehood on either security or religious grounds. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean, File)

    FILE -- In this Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017 file photo, the Israeli settlement of Maaleh Adumim looms over Arab Bedouin shacks in the West Bank. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered a slowdown of construction in territory Palestinians want for a state in a gesture to President Donald Trump at the same cabinet meeting where he approved the first new settlement in two decades the heart of the West Bank. Netanyahu's government is dominated by pro-settler hard-liners who oppose Palestinian statehood on either security or religious grounds. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean, File)  (The Associated Press)

Israeli media are reporting that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered a slowdown of settlement construction as a gesture to U.S. President Donald Trump.

Haaretz and other media on Friday reported Netanyahu announced the policy at a meeting the night before in which his Cabinet approved the first West Bank settlement in two decades as compensation for a settler outpost demolished in February.

Netanyahu told ministers to take Trump's position "into consideration" and said construction will be limited to settlement boundaries with no new outposts allowed.

Trump had indicated he would be more sympathetic to settlements than predecessor Barak Obama and the international community, who consider them illegal. But he appears to have backpedaled since taking office.