US expresses “deep concerns” about new West Bank settlement units

The US deputy spokesperson, Mark Toner, on Thursday issued statement, expressing deep concerns about the Israeli government’s announcement today of the advancement of nearly 300 new housing units in the West Bank settlement of Beit El, as well as hundreds of new housing units in East Jerusalem.

In his statement, Toner said that the US “continues to view settlements as illegitimate.”

“We strongly oppose steps to advance construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem,” he added.

Toner concluded by saying that settlement expansion threatens the two-state solution and calls into question Israel’s commitment to a negotiated resolution to the conflict.

“We continue to urge the Israeli government to refrain from unhelpful actions that undercut the possibility of a two-state solution.”

The Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday has approved the construction of about 800 illegal settlement units in East Jerusalem and Bet El settlement near Ramallah, in response to the high court’s demolition order for two illegal buildings.