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Israel is walking back Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's claims that he has been discussing with the Trump administration "for some time now" annexing Jewish settlements in the West Bank, Axios contributor Barak Ravid reports.
P.S. ... Vladimir Putin tried to use his meeting at the Kremlin today with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to play peacemaker between the Palestinians and the Trump administration. Dive in.
Barack Obama and Michelle Obama's official portraits, via the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. Painted by Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald, respectively.
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