US vexed by Israeli move on settlements: Officials

US vexed by Israeli move on settlements: Officials Washington: The United States is planning to express its disappointment with Israel's decision to accelerate settlement construction in east Jerusalem and the West Bank in retaliation for the Palestinians winning membership from the United Nation's cultural organisation.

Two US officials say the Obama administration intends to make that position clear on today.

The administration is trying to determine how to deal with actions by both sides that it considers detrimental to restarting peace talks.

The US officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the administration's thinking before the release of the statement.

Israel is accelerating housing construction in both east Jerusalem, which the Palestinians see as their capital, and the West Bank.

The US opposes Israeli settlement activity as well as the Palestinians' bid for membership in UN organisation.