Clinton criticizes Shephard Hotel demolition

January 10, 2011 01:10

ABU DHABI – US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton strongly criticized Israel for the demolition of a vacant but historic hotel in an Arab neighborhood of east Jerusalem, saying that the move undermines US efforts to restart stalled peace talks.

In a statement released from Abu Dhabi, where she was beginning a tour of the Persian Gulf, Clinton said Sunday that the destruction of the Shepherd Hotel to make way for a new Jewish housing development "contradicts the logic" of Israel and the Palestinians negotiating a solution to their differences over Jerusalem, one of the most explosive issues in Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking. Clinton said the United States is "very concerned" about the demolition.

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