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December 03, 2012

White House scolds Israel on settlement plans

The White House is criticizing Israel's decision to further build Israeli settlements in disputed areas, with Press Secretary Jay Carney saying the administration has a "long standing opposition to Israeli settlement activity" in sensitive areas.

"We oppose all unilateral actions, including settlement activity and housing construction as they complicate efforts to resume direct, bilateral negotiations and risk prejudging the outcome of those negotiations and this including building in the so called E-1 area," Carney said Monday.

He said the White House has "made clear to the Israeli government that such action is contrary to U.S. policy" and that its urging Israeli leaders "to reconsider these unilateral decisions and exercise restraint as these actions are counterproductive and make it harder to resume direct negotiations to achieve a two state solution."

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