President Biden’s State Department on Tuesday mentioned it was “concerned” about reviews of Israel’s intent to construct greater than 1,300 new settlements within the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

“We are deeply concerned about the Israeli government’s plan to advance thousands of settlement units … many of them, deep in the West Bank,” State Department spokesman Ned Price informed reporters. 

“We strongly oppose the expansion of settlements which is completely inconsistent with efforts to lower tensions and ensure calm.” 

State Department spokesman Ned Price was critical of reported Israeli settlement expansions in the West Bank.

State Department spokesman Ned Price was important of reported Israeli settlement expansions within the West Bank.

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Israeli-Palestinian relations have been strained after violent clashes broke out in May and resulted in an 11-day lengthy battle and the dying of 250, together with dozens of youngsters largely within the Palestinian territories.

The Biden administration has urged the 2 sides to discover a two-state answer to the battle. 

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett speaks during a memorial ceremony on the 48th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War at Mt. Herzl in Jerusalem, Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett speaks throughout a memorial ceremony on the forty eighth anniversary of the Yom Kippur War at Mt. Herzl in Jerusalem, Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021.
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Roughly 475,000 Israelis already dwell in settlements within the West Bank, which has been below “illegal occupation” because the 1967 Six-Day War, based on the United Nations.  

Price mentioned Israel’s newest transfer “damages the prospect for a two-state solution.”

“We…view plans for the retroactive legalization of illegal outposts as unacceptable,” he added. “We continue to raise our views on this issue directly with senior Israeli officials in our private discussions.”

But regardless of the administration’s alleged stance on how you can set up peace within the area, progressives in Congress have accused the Biden administration of being too smooth on Israel. 

State Department Spokesman Ned Price was critical of reported Israeli settlement expansions in the West Bank.

State Department Spokesman Ned Price was important of reported Israeli settlement expansions within the West Bank.
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When pressed by reporters about whether or not Israel will face repercussions for increasing settlements within the territory, Price refused to provide a concrete reply. 

“These are concerns that we have discussed at very senior levels with our Israeli partners,” Price mentioned. “Our Israeli partners know where we stand and we will continue to engage with them in our diplomacy on this.”