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US voices concern at Israel outpost authorisation



The US has said it is concerned about reports that the Israeli government has decided to make legal under Israeli law three West Bank settlement outposts.

A state department spokeswoman said diplomats were "seeking clarification", but stressed they did "not think this is helpful" to the peace process.

The US does not accept the legitimacy of continued settlement activity.

The Palestinians also condemned the decision to "formalise the status" of Bruchin, Rechelim and Sansana.

About 500,000 Jews live in more than 100 settlements built since Israel's 1967 occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The settlements are considered illegal under international law, though Israel disputes this.

The settler outposts are also illegal under Israeli law and the government agreed to remove them under the 2003 Road Map peace plan.

On Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu formed a new committee, made up of four ministers, to look into outposts at Bruchin and Rechelim, in the north, and Sansana, near Hebron in the south.

The prime minister's office announced two days later that the committee had decided to "formalise the status" of the outposts, which have a total of about 830 residents.

A statement said the "three communities... were established in the 1990s following the decisions of past governments".

"The decision does not make any changes on the ground. It does not mean any expansion of existing settlements or establishment of new ones," an Israeli official told the BBC.

But US state department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland voiced concern.

"We have raised this with the Israeli government and we are seeking clarification," she told reporters in Washington.

"You know where we are on settlements, we don't think this is helpful to the process and we don't accept the legitimacy of continued settlement activity," she added.

A spokesman for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Mr Netanyahu had "pushed things to a dead end yet again".

"We're ready to return to peace talks immediately if Netanyahu commits to stopping settlement construction and recognises the 1967 borders," Nabil Abu Rudeina told the Reuters news agency.

US-brokered negotiations on a two-state solution stalled in late 2010 following a dispute over settlement construction.

Israel's announcement came a week after President Abbas sent a letter to Mr Netanyahu asking that Israel freeze all settlement construction and accept the borders which were in place before the 1967 Middle East war as the basis for those of a future Palestine, with mutually agreed modifications.

Mr Netanyahu's office said last Tuesday that both sides were "committed to reach peace" and a reply to the letter would be sent within two weeks.----

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-17836400


Added: Apr-25-2012 Occurred On: Apr-25-2012
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  • You've gotta laugh or you'll cry...

    Nettinyahhhoooo saying he's committed to peace but constantly encroaching on the tiny pieces of land that are left unmolested by his fascist Armies.

    And then America posing that its pissed off but then not actually doing ANYTHING to express this, like reducing aid or stopping supplying weapons.

    Lols all around, people, we've been boned again!

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  • Same shit different day.

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  • stop giving them money and stop worrying until they invade our hemisphere

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    • @MB-UK peculiar that American politics are controlled by jews and nazis isn't it?

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  • Take-Take-Take....it's what the joos do best.

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  • fucking land thieves....

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  • I'm sure that jesus gold-stamped this plan.

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  • Would anyone really care if the ME just disappeared at this point?

    This shits getting fucking old....
    savages

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  • Not even Banana Republics make something legal that was illegal in the first place...lol


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  • US voices concern about Israel and its settlements yet keeps giving millions and billions to them to fight the ppl who refuse to let them steal the land without a fight. I wonder when Americans are going to wake up and demand we ban dual citizens from serving in our congress and senate and running our country. Its time we allow only american citizens to serve in the government. I have nothing wrong with dual citizens living in our country but you shouldnt be able to serve in our government. More..

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  • Sweet, let them start a war with the muslims, We could use a break. Except israel is a bunch of pussies who only defend, id like to see them get ripped apart by iran..

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  • Israel doesn't give a damn what it does. It has big brother US and other Western backed powers to bail them out in the UN.

    Israel is VERY illegal, and I for one DO NOT recognize them as a state. There are plenty of countries that don't view them as a state as well, namely Brazil, etc.

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  • jews are the new nazis, a good jew is a dead one.

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  • Wow, it never really stops with this Apartheid regime.

    Nut&yahoo is also trying hard to stop CBS '60 minutes' from airing a documentary about the Arab Christians in the West Bank. This small community of 200,000 people is trapped between the Muslims, the Wall, the Settlers and the IDF.
    Talk about bad luck.


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  • Build Israel build!
    The Jews have as much right as the Arabs to build in the WB.

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