facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search

JERUSALEM, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Israeli leaders approved a 900-unit expansion of settlements in East Jerusalem, drawing a sharp rebuke from their U.S. counterparts.

An aide to Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Tuesday told Haaretz the expansion represented "a routine process" and added that the section involved, known as Gilo, was "an integral part of Jerusalem."

The Obama administration has joined Palestinians in calling for a halt to additional Jewish settlements in disputed areas, requests the Israeli leadership has ignored.

In response to Tuesday's announcement, the White House said such actions would make the resumption of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians "more difficult."

U.S. President Barack Obama, asked about the settlements during an interview with Fox News, said the settlement expansion doesn't make Israel any safer and may cause feelings among Palestinians that could be dangerous.

Palestinians watch the demolition of a Palestinian building by the Jerusalem Municipality in Issawiyeh, an Arab neighborhood, in east Jerusalem, November 18, 2009. Israel is facing harsh criticism from Washington, Europe and the UN after approving a plan to build 900 new housing units in the southeast settlement of Gilo in Jerusalem. UPI/Debbie Hill
License photo | Permalink
Israeli special forces protect themselves from stones thrown by Palestinians following the demolition of a Palestinian building by the Jerusalem Municipality in Issawiyeh, an Arab neighborhood, in east Jerusalem, November 18, 2009. Israel is facing harsh criticism from Washington, Europe and the UN after approving a plan to build 900 new housing units in the southeast settlement of Gilo in Jerusalem. UPI/Debbie Hill
License photo | Permalink
A Palestinian youth throws stones at Israeli special forces following the demolition of a Palestinian building by the Jerusalem Municipality in Issawiyeh, an Arab neighborhood, in east Jerusalem, November 18, 2009. Israel is facing harsh criticism from Washington, Europe and the UN after approving a plan to build 900 new housing units in the southeast settlement of Gilo in Jerusalem. UPI/Debbie Hill
License photo | Permalink
An Israeli special force police stands on a roof overlooking the demolition of a Palestinian building by the Jerusalem Municipality in Issawiyeh, an Arab neighborhood in east Jerusalem, November 18, 2009. Israel is facing harsh criticism from Washington, Europe and the UN after approving a plan to build 900 new housing units in the southeast settlement of Gilo in Jerusalem. UPI/Debbie Hill
License photo | Permalink
A Palestinian throws stones at Israeli special forces following the demolition of a Palestinian building by the Jerusalem Municipality in Issawiyeh, an Arab neighborhood, in east Jerusalem, November 18, 2009. Israel is facing harsh criticism from Washington, Europe and the UN after approving a plan to build 900 new housing units in the southeast settlement of Gilo in Jerusalem. UPI/Debbie Hill
License photo | Permalink
Palestinians watch the demolition of a Palestinian building by the Jerusalem Municipality in Issawiyeh, an Arab neighborhood in east Jerusalem, November 18, 2009. Israel is facing harsh criticism from Washington, Europe and the UN after approving a plan to build 900 new housing units in the southeast settlement of Gilo in Jerusalem. UPI/Debbie Hill
License photo | Permalink
Palestinians watch the demolition of a Palestinian building by the Jerusalem Municipality in Issawiyeh, an Arab neighborhood in east Jerusalem, November 18, 2009. Israel is facing harsh criticism from Washington, Europe and the UN after approving a plan to build 900 new housing units in the southeast settlement of Gilo in Jerusalem. UPI/Debbie Hill
License photo | Permalink
Most Popular
1
Kendra Wilkinson to Hank Baskett: 'It's divorce time!' Kendra Wilkinson to Hank Baskett: 'It's divorce time!'
2
Destroyers with ballistic missile defense capability heading to Japan Destroyers with ballistic missile defense capability heading to Japan
3
American fighting with Kurds in Syria: Civilians burned in chemical attack American fighting with Kurds in Syria: Civilians burned in chemical attack
4
Texas cheer coach Ashley Zehnder faces sex charge for sleeping with a student and sending nude sexts Texas cheer coach Ashley Zehnder faces sex charge for sleeping with a student and sending nude sexts
5
GOP Rep. Don Young tussles with students over same-sex marriage and suicide GOP Rep. Don Young tussles with students over same-sex marriage and suicide
x
Feedback