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August 13, 2013 8:49 am

Obama Administration Criticizes Israel on Settlements

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View of the Har Homa settlement in the West Bank. Photo: James Emery.

The Hill – The State Department on Monday criticized Israel for approving new settlements on disputed lands on the eve of resuming long-stalled peace talks.

Spokeswoman Marie Harf said the administration had shared its “serious” concerns with the Israeli government following Sunday’s announcement of almost 1,200 new settlement homes. Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are set to resume talks in Jerusalem on Wednesday after a preliminary meeting hosted by Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington late last month.

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