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Israeli settlements not ‘constructive’ says U.S.

WASHINGTON — The United States said Wednesday that Israel’s settlement activity was not “constructive” for Middle East peace after a committee approved a plan for 500 new homes in the northern West Bank. An Israeli committee legalized the outpost of Shvut Rachel, which had been unauthorized. Officials said the committee…

EU ‘regrets’ new E. Jerusalem settler homes

BRUSSELS — EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Friday expressed her “deep regret” over Israel’s approval of more new settler homes in east Jerusalem. The European Union “has repeatedly called on Israel to end all settlement activity, including natural growth, and to dismantle outposts erected since March 2001,” Ashton…