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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

US Warns Israel Over Settlement Expansion - 28th Sept 2011

The United States has warned that Israel risks damaging the prospects of peace with the Palestinians by approving the expansion of a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton joined a wave of international condemnation of Israel’s decision to approve the construction of 1,100 new homes in Gilo.

The large, well established settlement - between Jerusalem and Bethlehem - was built on land seized by Israel in the 1967 war.

Mrs Clinton said the move could be seen as "provocative" and "counter-productive" at a time when efforts are being made to re-start peace negotiations.

Lady Ashton, the EU's head of foreign policy, said the settlement expansion "threatens the viability of the agreed two state solution" and called for the decision to be reversed.

The Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said the move was "a slap in the face". Read More