'Obama didn't seek to chide Israel for e. J'lem building'

November 13, 2010 17:38

The Obama administration did not seek to confront Israel publicly on the issue of plans for new construction in east Jerusalem neighborhoods, a White House official told American Jewish leaders in a conference call, website Politico reported on Friday.

Speaking about Israeli plans to advance 1,345 housing units in Jewish neighborhoods of east Jerusalem at a press conference in Indonesia, Obama said, “This kind of activity is never helpful when it comes to peace negotiations.” He added that such “incremental steps can end up breaking down trust between the parties.”     Obama answered a question put to him at the press conference, but hadn't planned on publicly criticizing the new Israeli building, National Security Council official Dan Shapiro said on the conference call, according to Politico.

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