Israel reported Friday the seizure of 800 hectares (1,977 acres) of land in the occupied West Bank, which activists called the largest action of its kind in decades. Israel’s Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich announced the area in the northern Jordan Valley was declared “state lands” as US Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in Israel for Gaza truce talks. The timing shows how little some members of the Israeli government are willing to compromise, FRANCE 24’s Catherine Norris-Trent said, reporting from Jerusalem.

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