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November 15, 2013 9:47 am

Rice Critical of Israel’s Settlement Plans

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Susan Rice, who was appointed as U.S. National Security Advisor after serving as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. Photo: U.S. Government.

Susan Rice, who was appointed as U.S. National Security Advisor after serving as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. Photo: U.S. Government.

JPost – US President Barack Obama’s top national security aide on Thursday blamed Israeli settlement expansion announcements for some of the latest tensions between Israel and the Palestinians as US-brokered peace talks between the two sides have faltered.

In a speech to a Washington think tank, Susan Rice, Obama’s national security adviser, said the United States remained committed to Middle East peacemaking, but made clear that it saw Jewish settlement construction plans as hampering those efforts.

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