“US: ‘Serious concerns’ over new Israeli settlements (Video)”
“The State Department on Monday criticized Israel for approving new settlements on disputed lands on the eve of resuming long-stalled peace talks.
Spokeswoman Marie Harf said the administration had shared its “serious” concerns with the Israeli government following Sunday’s announcement of almost 1,200 new settlement homes.
“We do not accept the legitimacy of continued settlement activity.”
Harf stopped short of labeling the settlement activity “illegal” or of saying it undermines the peace process, as the European Union has. She also declined to say if the State Department had urged the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to put the construction on hold.”