White House urges Israeli restraint over settlement plans

The Obama administration harshly criticised its top Middle East ally Israel today over new settlement construction plans in areas the Palestinians claim for a future state.

White House press secretary Jay Carney said:"We urge Israeli leaders to reconsider these unilateral decisions and exercise restraint as these actions are counter productive and make it harder to resume direct negotiations to achieve a two-state solution."

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Hague: Israel 'reacted wrongly'

The Foreign Secretary William Hague has said Israeli settlement extension plans would make a two-state solution "almost inconceivable", describing the move as "the wrong way to react."