US warns Israel against building new settlements in E. Jerusalem

US warns Israel against building new settlements in E. Jerusalem

Washington harshly criticized Israel’s decision to move forward with new settlements in east Jerusalem on Wednesday, adding that the plan could alienate Tel Aviv from “even its closest allies.”

US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the development – which calls for more than 2,600 new homes in a highly contested area of east Jerusalem – would make world nations “question Israel’s ultimate commitment to a peaceful negotiated settlement” with Palestinians.

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