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.