Clinton to Israel: Those New Settlements Imperil Peace

PLO says it may fight them in court
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 1, 2012 2:45 PM CST
Clinton to Israel: New Settlements Not a Good Idea
Hillary Clinton speaks to the media during a news conference in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012.    (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Two allies of Israel are expressing concern over the nation's new plan to build 3,000 more homes in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, the Telegraph reports. Hillary Clinton and British Foreign Secretary William Hague both said the new settlements would jeopardize any attempt at a peace process leading to a two-state solution. Israel announced the settlements after Palestine's recognition by the UN as a "non-member observer state" this week—a move the US voted against while Britain abstained.

But Clinton also criticized Hamas, saying the militant group had "condemned those it rules to violence and misery"; she urged them to "reject violence" and "recognize Israel's right to exist," the Guardian reports. Meanwhile, the Palestinian Authority hinted today that it will complain to the International Criminal Court over Israel's plan to expand settlements, the Jerusalem Post reports. And Hamas complained to Egypt, saying Israeli soldiers broke the latest truce by fatally shooting a Palestinian girl and wounding six others during a protest near southern Rafah yesterday, the Post reports. (Read more Israel and Palestinians stories.)

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