While affirming Israel's right to self-defense, the State Department on Monday chided Israel for imposing travel restrictions on West Bank Palestinians in response to a deadly terror attack.
In a message also delivered privately by Lt. Gen. William Ward, the US security envoy in the region, the State Department said it continued to ask the Israeli government "to take steps to ease the daily plight of the Palestinian people."
Israel also suspended negotiations with the Palestinian Authority on issues such as prisoner releases after Palestinian gunmen killed three Israelis and wounded five in drive-by attacks near a concentration of Jewish homes at Gush Etzion.
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