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US avoids condemning Israeli settlement approvals; thanks Jerusalem for considering its concerns

The US avoids condemning Israel for advancing plans for over 1,000 settlement homes in the West Bank.

Asked for comment on the approvals, the State Department says, “the President has made his position on the settlements clear, and we encourage all parties to continue to work towards peace.”

“The Israeli government has made clear that its intent is to adopt a policy regarding settlement activity that takes the president’s concerns into consideration. The United States welcomes this.”

— Eric Cortellessa 

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