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U.S. Negative on More Settlements

The State Department on Tuesday reiterated its longstanding position that the establishment of additional Israeli settlements in the administered territories is “not helpful” in advancing Middle East peace prospects.

Department spokeswoman Phyllis Oakley would not comment directly on a Likud-Labor compromise struck Monday to build eight new settlements in the coming year.

But she said the United States considers the building of new settlements as “not helpful in moving toward the comprehensive peace settlement that we all desire.”