US State Dept. condemns Israel's approval of new construction in West Bank

Such a move might be viewed by the international community as proof that Israel doesn't genuinely want to negotiate peace, the statement said.
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The US State Department on Wednesday strongly condemned the Israeli government's recent approval of 98 new housing units near the settlement of Shvut Rachel in the West Bank.

The official purpose of this construction plan is to provide alternative homes for the residents of Amona, an illegal outpost which the Supreme Court has ordered to evacuate, though the American statement referred to it as a new settlement.

"Such moves will only draw condemnation from the international community, distance Israel from many of its partners, and further call into question Israel's commitment to achieving a negotiated peace," said spokesperson Mark Toner.

"Proceeding with this new settlement is another step towards cementing a one state reality of perpetual occupation that is fundamentally inconsistent with Israel's future as a Jewish and democratic state," he added.

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