U.S. urges Israel to ‘reconsider’ its decision on settlements
Washington, DC, United States (4E) – The United States Monday joined the United Nations in condemning the Israeli settlement plans, urging the Jewish state to reconsider its decision of allowing an additional 3,000 homes for Jewish settlers in east Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said, “We urge Israeli leaders to reconsider these unilateral decisions and exercise restraint as these actions are counter-productive and make it harder to resume direct negotiations.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plan is to include E1, a corridor east of Jerusalem, for Jewish settlement construction as the area would effectively split the occupied West Bank. The move would further complicate Palestinians’ ambitious plans to create a contiguous Palestinian state.
Earlier, the State Department warned Israel that construction on particularly sensitive E1 area could damage efforts to achieve a two-state solution. On Monday, Britain and France called on their Israeli envoys for consultations over settlement activities.