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White House warns that settlement expansion is peace obstacleA senior-level White House official warned Israel against construction outside the settlement blocs despite the fact that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced to the Security Cabinet that building in the West Bank will be restricted in accordance with the US president’s stance on the matter.
Yesterday evening (Friday), the US government warned Israel against what it calls “unrestrained” settlement construction. AFP reported that a senior-level White House official stated that US President Donald Trump has expressed concern regarding the settlements both publicly and in private conversations.
“While the existence of settlements is not in itself an impediment to peace, further unrestrained settlement activity does not help advance peace,” the White House official emphasized, despite the fact that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu updated Security Cabinet members about the decision not to allow construction outside existing settlement territory.
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As reported yesterday on JOL, the construction of a new settlement for Amona residents was unanimously approved by the Security Cabinet on Thursday. However, the White House official stated that Netanyahu had committed to the new settlement for Amona residents prior to Trump’s inauguration and before the president expressed his concerns about further settlement expansion.
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