US Slaps Israel Settlement Plan

West Bank settlements 'illegitimate,' says embassy
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Mar 14, 2011 6:07 AM CDT
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, center, convenes the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Sunday, March 13, 2011.   (AP Photo/Ronen Zvulun, Pool)
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(Newser) – The US Embassy is “deeply concerned” about Israel’s plans to expand its West Bank settlements, a decision the country made following an attack this weekend on a settler family, the AP reports. Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday said: “They murder, we build.” To wit, Israel has approved the construction of between 300 and 500 new homes in major West Bank settlement blocks. “We view these settlements as illegitimate and as running counter to efforts to resume direct negotiations” with Palestine, the embassy said in a statement. Click for more on the murders.

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