Israel rejected criticism from the international community on Monday over plans to expand settlements in the occupied territories. Several European countries, including France and Britain, have conveyed disapproval by summoning their Israeli envoys.
Israel will stand firm on its settlement expansion plan despite strong condemnation from Europe, the United States and the United Nations, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said on Monday.
“The United States opposes all unilateral actions, including West Bank settlement activity and housing construction in East Jerusalem, as they complicate efforts to resume direct, bilateral negotiations,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner said in a statement.
Hopes of peace threatened
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