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President Trump's news conference with Prime Minister Netanyahu at the White House

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 15:  U.S. President Donald Trump (R) and Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) shake hands during a joint news conference at the East Room of the White House February 15, 2017 in Washington, DC. President Trump hosted Prime Minister Netanyahu for talks for the first time since Trump took office on January 20.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 15: U.S. President Donald Trump (R) and Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) shake hands during a joint news conference.

As his predecessors have done, President Donald Trump is urging Israel to "hold off" on building Jewish settlements -- an appeal he made at a joint news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today at the White House.

WASHINGTON (AP) - As his predecessors have done, President Donald Trump is urging Israel to "hold off" on building Jewish settlements -- an appeal he made at a joint news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today at the White House. But Trump broke with those who preceded him in office on the idea of a two-state agreement. He held off on endorsing the idea of a future independent Palestine -- and said he'd be open to alternatives if the Israelis and Palestinians propose something better.

Guest:

Jeffrey Heller, editor-in-charge for Reuters’ Jerusalem Bureau; he tweets

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