Obama Slams Israel's New West Bank Settlement Plans

Saturday, 01 Dec 2012 12:53 PM

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
New Israeli settlement plans are “counterproductive,” the State Department and White House said Friday, saying it would make negotiations with the Palestinians more difficult.

"We reiterate our longstanding opposition to settlements and East Jerusalem construction and announcements," White House spokesman Tommy Vietor said.

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland added, "We're going to be evenhanded in our concern about any actions that are provocative, any actions that make it harder to get these two parties back to the table."

Israel announced it is planning thousands of new homes on the West Bank and in East Jerusalem. Israeli media made it clear the announcement was meant to emphasize Israel rejection of Thursday’s United Nations decision to upgrade the Palestinians’ status in the world body, NBC News reports.

An Israeli official told NBC that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had authorized the construction of 3,000 housing units and ordered "preliminary zoning and planning work for thousands" more.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Obama: Sony Hack 'Vandalism,' Not an Act of War

Sunday, 21 Dec 2014 07:50 AM

President Barack Obama said in a CNN interview that he did not consider the cyber attack on Sony Corp which has been bl . . .

Sony Hackers Taunt FBI, 'Congratulate' Its Success

Saturday, 20 Dec 2014 20:06 PM

A new message claiming to be from the group responsible for the Sony Pictures hack appears to mock the FBI, which named  . . .

US Turns to China to Help Stop NKorean Hackers

Saturday, 20 Dec 2014 19:42 PM

The Obama administration is seeking China's help in stopping North Korea from launching future cyber-attacks, the New Yo . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved