Israeli construction 'incompatible with peace, US says

October 27, 2014 20:38

The decision by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to expedite construction on 1,060 new settler housing units in east Jerusalem is "incompatible" with peace, the Obama administration warned on Monday, outlining "unequivocal" opposition of the move.

"If Israel wants to live in a peaceful society, they need to take steps that will reduce tensions," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a briefing with journalists. "Moving forward with this sort of action would be incompatible with the pursuit of peace."Psaki said the US had not yet confirmed the approval, but that the administration was "certainly deeply concerned" by reports that Netanyahu had chosen to proceed.

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