US Secretary of State John Kerry spoke on Wednesday with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after the Israeli governments decision to expropriate 988 acres (4,000 dunams) from of Palestinian land in Bethlehem area in the south of the West Bank and declare it an Israeli territory.
US State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki issued an announcement on Tuesday condemning the Israeli decision.
"We are deeply concerned about Israel's plans to seize a large area to be used for expanded settlement building,” Psaki said in a statement. We have long made clear our opposition to continued settlement activity. We call on the government of Israel to reverse this decision," said Psaki.