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FILE -- In this  Friday, Feb. 17, 2012 file photo, a protester waves a Palestinian flag in front of Israeli troops during a protest against Israel's separation barrier, between the West Bank village of Bilin and the Jewish settlement of Modiin Illit, near Ramallah.  Israel's housing minister on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, gave final approval for building nearly 1,200 new settlement apartments on lands the Palestinians want for their state, just three days before U.S.-sponsored talks on the borders of such a state are to begin in Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed) Majdi Mohammed/AP