US says deeply troubled by Israeli settlement plans

August 15, 2011 20:57

WASHINGTON - The United States said on Monday it found reports of fresh Israeli settlement building plans deeply troubling and counterproductive to the US effort to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.

Israel announced on Monday approval for building 277 homes in a West Bank settlement, despite US and international pressure to curb expansion on occupied land and as Palestinians prepare for a statehood bid at the United Nations.

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