1. Welcome to CowboysZone!  Join us!  Come on!  You know you want to!

Rice says Israeli settlement plans "not helpful"

Discussion in 'Political Zone' started by Sasquatch, Mar 12, 2008.

  1. Sasquatch

    Sasquatch Lost in the Woods

    4,449 Messages
    130 Likes Received
    [FONT=&quot]Rice says Israeli settlement plans "not helpful" [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]13 minutes ago[/FONT][FONT=&quot] [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice criticized Israel on Wednesday over plans to build hundreds of new homes in a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank and said it did not help the peace process.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]"The United States considers the expansion of settlement activity to be not consistent with Israeli obligations under the road map and we have made that very clear. I have also said that it is certainly not helpful for the peace process," Rice told U.S. lawmakers, in a rare public criticism of Israel.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]The Palestinians have denounced settlement expansion plans as a blow to U.S.-brokered peace talks, which were briefly derailed last week following an Israeli offensive into Gaza.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Rice, who was in the region last week to revive stalled talks, said both sides needed to fulfill their obligations under a 2003 Middle East "road map" for peace that required Israel to halt all settlement activity and for Palestinians to rein in militants.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]U.S. Gen. William Fraser, appointed by Rice to help oversee those commitments, is set to hold a meeting on Friday with both sides to discuss the issue.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]"I can assure you that we are following very closely to assure that U.S. dollars are not being used to support the settlement activity," Rice told a hearing of a House of Representatives appropriations sub-committee.[/FONT]


Share This Page