November 17th, 2009
04:01 PM ET
9 years ago

White House critical of Israeli construction plan

JERUSALEM (CNN) - The Obama administration moved quickly Tuesday to criticize Israel's approval of a construction plan for hundreds of houses in a disputed neighborhood on Jerusalem's southern outskirts.

"At a time when we are working to re-launch negotiations, these action make it more difficult for our efforts to succeed," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said in a written statement.

"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," Gibbs said.

"Neither party should engage in efforts or take actions that could unilaterally pre-empt, or appear to pre-empt, negotiations."

The Jewish state's Interior Ministry said Tuesday it had approved the construction of 900 units in Gilo. The approval of construction moves forward the process for the project; it will now be opened to public objections.

Final approval will follow several other stages, and construction is likely several years away.

- CNN's Shira Medding contributed to this report.

Filed under: Israel • President Obama
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Disgusted

    It blows my mind that a people that have suffered so much oppression can themselves become such terrible oppressors. Israel is an awful, despicable country.

    November 17, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  2. Reader

    Demolition and forced eviction of innocent civilians by the government to build illegal settlements, is that not a form of "Terrorism"??? How do you justify that? I would be interested to hear from loyal FOX news followers!!

    November 17, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  3. Rick

    "Fine" Israel a MILLION DOLLARS per house built AND deduct a MILLION DOLLARS for each from ANY defense allocation!

    IF that does not work, make it $5MILLION EACH

    IF that $ NO MONEY! PERIOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 17, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  4. snood

    Funny how real stories that make a diffrence in the world have no comments but Palin has tones of them shows really how smart all the Obots really are. This is wrong to be building in the area but its there lands and not the USA.s why should we really get over envolved they dont own us like china

    November 17, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |