Gibbs: WH ‘Dismayed’ At Israel’s Decision To Move Forward On Settlements | Talking Points Memo

The White House issued the following statement by Press Secretary Robert Gibbs on the approval of settlement expansion in Jerusalem. Here’s the full text:“We are dismayed at the Jerusalem Planning Committee’s decision to move forward on the approval process for the expansion of Gilo in Jerusalem. At a time when we are working to re-launch negotiations, these actions make it more difficult for our efforts to succeed. Neither party should engage in efforts or take actions that could unilaterally pre-empt, or appear to pre-empt, negotiations. The U.S. also objects to other Israeli practices in Jerusalem related to housing, including the continuing pattern of evictions and demolitions of Palestinian homes. Our position is clear: the status of Jerusalem is a permanent status issue that must be resolved through negotiations between the parties.”

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