White House cautions Israel on 'unrestrained' settlement building

AFP , Friday 31 Mar 2017

The White House on Friday cautioned Israel on large-scale settlement building, saying existing controversial projects are not an impediment to peace but further expansion could be.

"While the existence of settlements is not in itself an impediment to peace, further unrestrained settlement activity does not help advance peace," a White House official said.

The Israeli cabinet gave unanimous backing late Thursday to the first officially sanctioned new settlement in the occupied West Bank in more than 20 years.

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