US condemns Israeli settlement expansion

The White House Friday condemned Israel's decision to build 3,000 settler homes in east Jerusalem and the West Bank as "counterproductive" and said it would make resuming peace talks harder.

"We reiterate our longstanding opposition to settlements and East Jerusalem construction and announcements. We believe these actions are counterproductive and make it harder to resume direct negotiations or (to) achieve a two state solution," said National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor.

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