New Israeli Settlements Have 'Negative Effect': Rice

She warns against building 1,300 new units in Jerusalem
By Kate Rockwood,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 15, 2008 3:34 PM CDT
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, right, and U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice shake hands following a press conference in Ramallah, Sunday, June 15, 2008.   (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
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(Newser) – Condoleezza Rice said today that Israeli settlement building is having a “negative effect” on Mideast peace talks, the AP reports. “It’s important to have an atmosphere of confidence and trust,” she said at a news conference with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. She warned against Israel’s plan to build 1,300 new housing units in east Jerusalem, which Palestine wants for its future capital.