Israeli security forces have demolished an illegal West Bank building that settlers had named after President Barack Obama in a symbolic show of defiance.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says security forces tore down the wooden bunker known as “Obama’s Shack,” north of Jerusalem, on Tuesday.

He says the structure violated a 10-month freeze on new construction in West Bank settlements.

Israel announced the freeze last November under pressure from Mr. Obama, who opposes settlement construction in the West Bank and east Jerusalem — lands that the Palestinians claim for a future state.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said the order doesn’t include east Jerusalem. But this week, municipal officials said that area is also under an unofficial freeze.

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