WASHINGTON – The US administration expressed its disappointment on Friday with Israel's plan to build some 240 housing units in the Jerusalem's Pisgat Ze'ev and Ramot neighborhoods, which are located beyond the Green Line.
State Department spokesman Philip Crowley told reporters in Washington, “We were disappointed by the announcement of new tenders in east Jerusalem yesterday. It is contrary to our efforts to resume direct negotiations between the parties.”
Earlier, Jordan strongly condemned what it referred to as the "resumption of Israeli construction in the occupied Palestinian territories, including east Jerusalem."
The Petra news agency quoted Information Minister Ali Ayed as saying that Israel is harming the efforts to put the peace negotiations back on track.
The Jordanian minister called on the international community to work towards ensuring the success of negotiations and "stop all Israeli provocations," which he said are aimed at "changing facts on the ground."
Ayed stressed Jordan's commitment to "crystallize an effective international stance that ensures tackling all final status issues and leads to the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on pre 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital and in accordance with credible terms of reference, namely the Arab peace initiative."
The minister also said the Hashemite Kingdom would "continue supporting the Palestinians to restore their legitimate rights and establish their independent state on their national soil."
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