US-Israel ties in crisis over East Jerusalem building plans

Image: Times of Israel/Screencrab:BB
Image: Times of Israel/Screencrab:BB
Implying that Netanyahu’s talk of peace is insincere, Washington warns new project will ‘distance Israel from closest allies‘; PM says he rejects US criticism.

By Times of Israel staff and AP

US-Israel relations were plunged into crisis Wednesday, soon after President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held talks at the White House that began with a good-natured joint press briefing.

News that a Jerusalem planning committee had signed off on the final stage of approval for housing in a major new neighborhood of East Jerusalem — made public in a press release from anti-settlement group Peace Now just before the White House meeting — prompted the administration to issue some of the strongest language it has employed to condemn Israel, including the warning that Israel was endangering its relations with “even its closest allies.”

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