New Israeli settlement plans 'provocative' says US

A picture taken from the West Bank city of Hebron on July 6, 2016 shows a house (in the foreground) belonging to Palestinians in front of buildings in the Kiryat Arba Jewish settlement on the outskirts of the Palestinian flashpoint cityThe United States has slammed as “provocative” Israeli plans to build hundreds of new settlement homes in annexed east Jerusalem, saying they seriously undermined the prospect of peace with the Palestinians. “We are deeply concerned by reports today that the government of Israel has published tenders for 323 units in east Jerusalem settlements,” State Department spokesman John Kirby said in a statement on Wednesday. “These steps by Israeli authorities are the latest examples of what appears to be a steady acceleration of settlement activity that is systematically undermining the prospects for a two-state solution,” Kirby said.

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