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Mr. Netanyahu said his government is looking for “legal” ways to prevent the buildings from being demolished.

It is not clear if the court would agree to a delay. Decades ago, the court outlawed settlement construction on privately owned Palestinian land.

Mr. Netanyahu disclosed his plans in a set of rare interviews given to Israeli radio stations on the eve of Israel‘s Memorial Day, which begins Tuesday night.

Some members of Israel‘s ruling coalition have warned the government would fall if the buildings come down.