News / Middle East

    US: More Israeli Settlements Would Send Troubling Message

    FILE - Men work on the roof of a house under construction in the unauthorized Jewish settler outpost of Havat Gilad, south of the West Bank city of Nablus, Nov. 5, 2013.
    FILE - Men work on the roof of a house under construction in the unauthorized Jewish settler outpost of Havat Gilad, south of the West Bank city of Nablus, Nov. 5, 2013.
    VOA News

    The United States is urging Israel to reverse its decision to declare a large part of the West Bank "state land" for more possible settlements, saying it would send a very troubling message.

    State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Tuesday more Jewish settlements in territory Palestinians want for a future state are contrary to Israel's stated goal of a peace deal with the Palestinians.

    Psaki said the United States stresses to both sides its strong opposition to any steps that undermine a two-state solution in the Middle East.

    Israel says it is taking over 400 hectares of the Etzion bloc near Bethlehem in reaction to the kidnapping and murders of three Israeli teenagers in June. Israel has named three Palestinians as suspects.

    Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat will be in Washington Wednesday for talks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. It will be Kerry's first meeting with the Palestinians since he was in Cairo in July to try to negotiate a truce between Israel and Hamas militants.

    Psaki gave no details on Wednesday's meeting other than saying the cease-fire in Gaza would likely be on the agenda.

    The truce reached last month after 50 days of fighting is holding, but no date has been set for talks on a long-term truce between Israel and Hamas.

    Some information for this report comes from AFP.

    You May Like

    US Leaders Who Served in Vietnam War Look Back and Ahead

    In New York Times opinion piece, Secretary of State John Kerry, Senator John McCain and former Senator Bob Kerrey say as US strengthens relations with Vietnam, it is important to remember lessons learned from war

    Who Are US Allies in Fight Against Islamic State?

    There is little but opportunism keeping coalition together analysts warn — SDFs Arab militias are not united even among themselves, frequently squabble and don’t share Kurds' vision for post-Assad Syria

    Learning Foreign Language Helps US Soldiers Bridge Culture Gap

    Effective interaction with local populations part of everyday curriculum at Monterey, California, Defense Language Institute

    This forum has been closed.
    Comment Sorting
    Comments
         
    by: Godwin from: Nigeria
    September 03, 2014 3:13 PM
    Despite every seemingly good relationship between Israel and USA, I believe strongly that USA is not the kind of friend Israel needs if it must survive in the Middle East. I come to this conclusion because I find that USA is always discouraging Israel from talking its responsibility in the region or even to reestablish its foothold which the Arabs carefully took away in the face of history. Now amidst pampering, USA wants Israel to live in the air and house its citizens returning from everywhere in the world, including France, Britain and USA where anti-semitism is on the increase, in the air while occupiers from within its Arab neighbors continue to live pretty on Israel's land. It is not by pampering those occupiers that Israel will be given peace - after all they have vowed Israel must not exist - why not help Israel drive them back to their countries in order to live in peace in its land? With USA wishing Israel the prolonged trouble of having these Arab islamists perpetually as neighbors is a sign that USA is using them as a time bomb to destroy Israel when they have grown big enough. Not a way a friend should reason. So Israel should resist USA and go ahead to build as many settlements and possible until the land of Israel is total occupied by Israel. No negotiation, no peace deal, after all there is no love lost between them – until the kkoran is changed or reworded to state otherwise.

    by: Anthonybellchambers@gmail from: London
    September 03, 2014 12:51 AM
    It is clear that the Netanyahu government supported by an AIPAC-controlled US congress is intent on setting fire to the Middle East by inciting a 3rd intifada that will involve huge loss of life and escalate into the deployment by Israel of its weapons of mass destruction.

    This catastrophe being the inevitable consequence of its continued occupation of Palestinian land and its illegal settlements that have been condemned worldwide.

    Apart from the human cost of this state/sponsored terrorism there will be an impact on global oil supplies that could rock world stock markets and destabilise global economies. All this because the White House is unable to combat the influence of the Israel lobby in Washington. It is a global international tragedy that will affect all of us throughout Europe and the Middle East.

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    Vietnamese-American Youth Optimistic About Obama's Visit to Vietnami
    X
    Elizabeth Lee
    May 22, 2016 6:04 AM
    U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Vietnam later this month comes at a time when Vietnam is seeking stronger ties with the United States. Many Vietnamese Americans, especially the younger generation, are optimistic Obama’s trip will help further reconciliation between the two former foes. Elizabeth Lee has more from the community called "Little Saigon" located south of Los Angeles.
    Video

    Video Vietnamese-American Youth Optimistic About Obama's Visit to Vietnam

    U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Vietnam later this month comes at a time when Vietnam is seeking stronger ties with the United States. Many Vietnamese Americans, especially the younger generation, are optimistic Obama’s trip will help further reconciliation between the two former foes. Elizabeth Lee has more from the community called "Little Saigon" located south of Los Angeles.
    Video

    Video First-generation, Afghan-American Student Sets Sights on Basketball Glory

    Their parents are immigrants to the United States. They are kids who live between two worlds -- their parents' homeland and the U.S. For many of them, they feel most "American" at school. It can be tricky balancing both worlds. In this report, produced by Beth Mendelson, Arash Arabasadi tells us about one Afghan-American student who seems to be coping -- one shot at a time.
    Video

    Video Newest US Citizens, Writing the Next Great Chapter

    While universities across the United States honor their newest graduates this Friday, many immigrants in downtown Manhattan are celebrating, too. One hundred of them, representing 31 countries across four continents, graduated as U.S. citizens, joining the ranks of 680,000 others every year in New York and cities around the country.
    Video

    Video Vietnam Sees Strong Economic Growth Despite Incomplete Reforms

    Vietnam has transformed its communist economy to become one of the world's fastest-growing nations. While the reforms are incomplete, multinational corporations see a profitable future in Vietnam and have made major investments -- as VOA's Jim Randle reports.
    Video

    Video Qatar Denies World Cup Corruption

    The head of Qatar’s organizing committee for the 2022 World Cup insists his country's bid to host the soccer tournament was completely clean, despite the corruption scandals that have rocked the sport’s governing body, FIFA. Hassan Al-Thawadi also said new laws would offer protection to migrants working on World Cup construction projects. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.
    Video

    Video Infrastructure Funding Puts Cambodia on Front Line of International Politics

    When leaders of the world’s seven most developed economies meet in Japan next week, demands for infrastructure investment world wide will be high on the agenda. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s push for “quality infrastructure investment” throughout Asia has been widely viewed as a counter to the rise of Chinese investment flooding into region.
    Video

    Video Democrats Fear Party Unity a Casualty in Clinton-Sanders Battle

    Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton claimed a narrow victory in Tuesday's Kentucky primary even as rival Bernie Sanders won in Oregon. Tensions between the two campaigns are rising, prompting fears that the party will have a difficult time unifying to face the presumptive Republican nominee, Donald Trump. VOA national correspondent Jim Malone has more from Washington.
    Video

    Video Portrait of a Transgender Marriage: Husband and Wife Navigate New Roles

    As controversy continues in North Carolina over the use of public bathrooms by transgender individuals, personal struggles with gender identity that were once secret are now coming to light. VOA’s Tina Trinh explored the ramifications for one couple as part of trans.formation, a series of stories on transgender issues.
    Video

    Video Amerikan Hero Flips Stereotype of Middle Eastern Character

    An Iranian American comedian is hoping to connect with American audiences through a film that inverts some of Hollywood's stereotypes about Middle Eastern characters. Sama Dizayee reports.
    Video

    Video Budding Young Inventors Tackle City's Problems with 3-D Printing

    Every city has problems, and local officials and politicians are often frustrated by their inability to solve them. But surprising solutions can come from unexpected places. Students in Baltimore. Maryland, took up the challenge to solve problems they identified in their city, and came up with projects and products to make a difference. VOA's June Soh has more on a digital fabrication competition primarily focused on 3-D design and printing. Carol Pearson narrates.

    Special Report

    Adrift The Invisible African Diaspora