US: Israeli settlement bill ‘unprecedented and troubling step’

The United States harshly condemned Israeli legislative attempts to authorize some 2,000 illegal settler homes on private Palestinian property on Monday.

“We’re deeply concerned,” said Elizabeth Trudeau, the US State Department’s Director for Press Operations.

The legislation, she said, “could pave the way for the legalization of dozens of illegal outposts deep in the West Bank.” It “would represent an unprecedented and troubling step that is inconsistent with prior Israeli legal opinion and breaks non-standing Israeli policy of not building on private Palestinian land,” Trudeau told reporters in Washington.


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