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Blinken to Bennett: US Strongly Opposes Settlement Advancement

Blinken to Bennett: US Strongly Opposes Settlement Advancement

Saturday, 4 December, 2021 - 06:45
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. AFP

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has expressed dismay over Israeli plans to advance a controversial East Jerusalem housing project, sources have said.


He "strongly emphasized" Washington's objection to Israeli settlement advancement, they said.


In a phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Thursday, Blinken expressed the Biden administration’s vehement opposition to the 9,000-home plan in Atarot, the sources said.


The State Department later issued a read-out of the conversation.


It said Blinken “strongly emphasized that Israel and the Palestinian Authority should refrain from unilateral steps that exacerbate tensions and undercut efforts to advance a negotiated two-state solution, including advancing settlement activity.”


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