US 'deeply concerned' over Israeli settlement expansion

The US on Monday expressed concern over Israel's approval of 942 housing units in Jerusalem's Gilo neighborhood as well as the planned granting of urban zoning to several West Bank settlements that is expected to lead to increased building in those areas as well.
"The United States is deeply concerned by continuing Israeli actions with respect to settlement construction," ABC News quoted White House National Security Staff spokesman Tommy Vietor as saying.
"Not only are continued Israeli settlements illegitimate, Israel’s actions run counter to efforts to resume direct negotiations," Vietor added.
The US statement came as President Shimon Peres was in Washington where he met with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday and was scheduled to meet with US President Barack Obama on Tuesday.