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U.S. ‘deeply concerned’ on new Israeli settlements

The United States said it was "deeply concerned" about Israel's decision to build 300 new homes in the occupied West Bank

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The United States said it was "deeply concerned" about Israel's decision to build 300 new homes in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

"Settlement expansion threatens the two-state solution and calls into question Israel's commitment to a negotiated resolution to the conflict," the State Department said in a statement.

Additionally, U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday condemned Israel’s approval of new settler homes in the West Bank and called on the government to reverse its decision.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu approved the “immediate” construction of the 300 homes in Beit El and planning for another 504 homes in annexed east Jerusalem, his office said.

Ban reiterated that “settlements are illegal under international law, an impediment to peace and cannot be reconciled” with Israel’s “stated intention to pursue a two-state solution,” his spokesman said in a statement released in New York.

Ban urged Israel “to halt and reverse such decisions in the interest of peace” his spokesman said.

The U.N. secretary general also expressed concern about the threat of demolitions in the West Bank village of Susiya ahead of an August court hearing.

“The destruction of private property in occupied territory is prohibited under international humanitarian law, and for which actions there must be accountability,” his spokesman said.