US blasts Israeli settlement activities in Palestinian lands

The United States has blasted Israel over its illegal settlement activities in the Palestinian occupied territories, calling the settlements an obstacle to a two-state solution.

“This significant expansion of the settlement activity poses a serious and growing threat to the viability of a two-state solution,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Wednesday.

“We are particularly troubled by the policy of retroactively approving illegal outposts and unauthorized settlements,” he told reporters aboard Air Force One en route to China. President Barack Obama was travelling to Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang province, for the annual G20 summit which will take place from September 4 to 5.

Washington has always criticized Israel’s illegal settlement activities, but Wednesday’s statement was an unusual rebuke to the Israeli regime whose actions, the White House says, run counter to the advice provided by the Middle East Quartet, a group which…

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