US 'disappointed' by Israeli settlement plans

US `disappointed` by Israeli settlement plans US 'deeply disappointed' by Israel settler homes plan Washington: The United States said Wednesday it was "deeply disappointed" by Israel's announced plans to build new homes for Jewish settlers in East Jerusalem.

"We are deeply disappointed," said State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland, who said the move was counter-productive to efforts to get direct negotiations started again between Israel and the Palestinians.

The US reaction came hours after Israel approved a plan to build 1,100 new homes in a Jewish settlement in East Jerusalem, a move Palestinians slammed as a rejection of a proposal by the so called Quartet -- the United Nations, EU, United States and Russia -- for new peace talks.

The Quartet proposed a resumption of talks after the Palestinian formally requested admission to the United Nations as a full member state, a step vehemently opposed by Israel and its closest ally, the United States.

Negotiations between the two sides broke off a year ago following Israel's refusal to extend a moratorium on construction of settlement housing in the West Bank.