US: Settlement construction does not help the peace process

February 23, 2012 06:51

The United States joined the Palestinian Authority and the UN on Wednesday in condemning Israeli plans to authorize the Shvut Rachel outpost and 180 homes in the Shiloh settlement.

Both adjacent communities are located in the Binyamin region of the West Bank.

US State Department deputy spokesman Mark Toner said continued settlement activity harmed peace prospects, when quizzed by reporters at the daily press briefing in Washington. He added that he had not known of the Shiloh plans.

“We don’t believe [settlement activity is] in any way constructive to getting both sides back to the negotiating table,” Toner said.

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