The State Department on Monday criticized Israel for approving new settlements on disputed lands on the eve of resuming long-stalled peace talks.
Spokeswoman Marie Harf said the administration had shared its "serious" concerns with the Israeli government following Sunday's announcement of almost 1,200 new settlement homes. Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are set to resume talks in Jerusalem on Wednesday after a preliminary meeting hosted by Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington late last month.
"These announcements do come at a particularly sensitive time, and we have made our serious concerns about this recent announcement known to the government of Israel," Harf said. "We do not accept the legitimacy of continued settlement activity."