The Trump administration asserted that the construction and expansion of Israeli settlements beyond their current borders may not be helpful in achieving peace between the Israelis and Palestinians, but stopped short of taking an official position on settlement activity.
“The American desire for peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians has remained unchanged for 50 years,” the White House said in a statement Thursday evening.
“While we don’t believe the existence of settlements is an impediment to peace, the construction of new settlements or the expansion of existing settlements beyond their current borders may not be helpful in achieving that goal,” the statement said.
While Trump has reaffirmed his commitment to a strong Israeli-U.S. relationship, he is using language that Republican presiden
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