US calls Israel settlement plans disappointing

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Posted: Sep 27, 2011 1:13 PM
US calls Israel settlement plans disappointing

The United States is expressing deep disappointment in Israel's plans to build 1,100 new housing units in east Jerusalem.

Department spokesman Victoria Nuland also called Israel's approval of the settlements counterproductive to efforts to restart direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians.

The U.S. criticism Tuesday was matched by the European Union's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton who called on Israel to reverse the decision.