| 13 April 2024, Saturday |

US says deeply troubled with Israeli settlement announcement

The US State Department said in a statement that Washington is “deeply troubled” by the Israeli government’s plans to approve thousands of building permits in the occupied West Bank.

“The United States is deeply troubled by the Israeli government’s reported decision to advance planning for over 4,000 settlement units in the West Bank. We are similarly concerned by reports of changes to Israel’s system of settlement administration that expedite the planning and approvals of settlements,” the statement read.

“As has been longstanding policy, the United States opposes such unilateral actions that make a two-state solution more difficult to achieve and are an obstacle to peace.” it added.

The US further urged the Israel government “to fulfill the commitments it made in Aqaba, Jordan and Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt and return to dialogue aimed at de-escalation.”

Palestinians seek to establish an independent state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip with East Jerusalem as their capital. Peace talks that have been brokered by the US have been frozen since 2014.

  • Asharq Al-Awsat