White House: Israeli settlement plan "counterproductive"

WASHINGTON Sat Dec 1, 2012 12:11am IST

A volunteer adjusts a sign at the America Presidential Experience exhibit during the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina September 4, 2012. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

A volunteer adjusts a sign at the America Presidential Experience exhibit during the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina September 4, 2012.

Credit: Reuters/Adrees Latif

Related Topics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Friday a new Israeli settlement expansion plan was "counterproductive" and could make it harder to bring Israel and the Palestinians back to the negotiating table.

"We reiterate our longstanding opposition to settlements and East Jerusalem construction and announcements," White House spokesman Tommy Vietor said.

Israel plans to build thousands of new homes for its settlers in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, an Israeli official said earlier, defying a U.N. vote that implicitly recognized Palestinian statehood there.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's conservative government had authorized the construction of 3,000 housing units.

"We believe these actions are counterproductive and make it arder resume direct negotiations or achieve of a two state solution," Vietor said. "Direct negotiations remain our goal and we encourage all parties to take steps to make that easier to achieve."

(Reporting By Matt Spetalnick)

FILED UNDER:
Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

Islamic State Threat

REUTERS SHOWCASE

Ukraine Crisis

Ukraine Crisis

Ukraine president accuses Russian soldiers of backing rebel thrust.  Full Article 

Pakistan Protests

Pakistan Protests

Pakistan's powerful army steps in to resolve political crisis.  Full Article 

Ebola Outbreak

Ebola Outbreak

Gene studies of Ebola in Sierra Leone show virus is mutating fast.  Full Article 

US-China Faceoff

US-China Faceoff

Chinese interceptions of U.S. military planes could intensify due to submarine base.  Full Article 

Brangelina Wedding

Brangelina Wedding

Quietly, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie say, 'I do'.  Full Article 

Turkey Politics

Turkey Politics

Turkey's Erdogan sworn in as president, consolidates power.  Full Article 

Mideast Conflict

Mideast Conflict

Hamas leader says Gaza only "milestone to reaching our objective".  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage