US slams Israel's planned new settler homes after attacks

Buildings under construction in the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim, east of Jerusalem in the occupied West Bankon July 4, 2016The United States on Tuesday criticized Israel’s plans to build 560 new settler homes in the West Bank, warning that they would be part of “systematic” land seizures undermining chances for peace. Israel’s green light for the homes came days after a key report from the diplomatic Quartet — the United States, European Union, United Nations and Russia — warned that Israel’s settlement expansion and confiscation of Palestinian land were eroding the possibility of a two-state peace settlement.

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