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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.
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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.

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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.

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