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US asks Israel to ‘reconsider’ settlements plan

PTI Washington | Updated on March 12, 2018 Published on December 04, 2012

The US has asked Israel to “reconsider” a decision to allow homes for Jewish settlers in east Jerusalem and the West Bank.

The White House said the US is opposed to all unilateral actions as they complicate efforts to resume direct, bilateral negotiations and risk prejudging the outcome of those negotiations.

“We reiterate our long-standing opposition to Israeli settlement activity and East Jerusalem construction.

“We oppose all unilateral actions, including settlement activity and housing construction, as they complicate efforts to resume direct, bilateral negotiations and risk prejudging the outcome of those negotiations, and this includes building in the so-called E1 area,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told presspersons.

The Obama Administration has made it clear to the Israeli government that such action is contrary to US policy, opposing unilateral action, including settlement activity and housing construction in East Jerusalem, he said.

“We in the international community expect all parties to play a constructive role in efforts to achieve peace. We urge Israeli leaders to reconsider these unilateral decisions and to exercise restraint as these actions are counterproductive and make it harder to resume direct negotiations to achieve a two-state solution,” Carney said.

Israel’s announcement about the 3,000 Jewish settler homes, whose planned location was not revealed, came in the wake of a historic vote by the United Nations General Assembly to upgrade Palestine’s diplomatic status.

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Published on December 04, 2012
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