We "shocked" by the new settlement plan - Yediot Aharonot

New York Times said that israel gave the United States a few hours in advance of the decision to continue a development that could prevent the creation of the Palestinian State viable and contiguous. "It's one of the most sensitive areas of the territory," said former Ambassador Kurtzer

The Israeli approval of 3,000 new housing units in East Jerusalem and the West Bank has been a shock to the US administration, the New York Times reported Saturday.

The Americans were particularly angry with the decision to continue "preliminary zoning and planning of preparations" for a development on the segment connecting the city of my ' Ma'aleh Adumim with Jerusalem (called area E1) that separate Bethlehem from Jerusalem and Ramallah and could prevent the creation of a Palestinian State viable and contiguous.

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According to the New York Times, the point where the two actions seemed intended to punish the Palestinians for their submission of the United Nations, which led to the Palestine, updated the status of a non-Member State.

The Obama administration rushed to condemn the action, and senior officials have expressed their frustration on the fact that the construction decision came after the Israeli authorities had suggested that he employ only severe measures of retaliation if the Palestinians their new status to turn to the International Criminal Court in the Hague.

According to the American newspaper, Israel gave the United States a few hours in advance of the plan, and president Barack Obama has not called Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

"This is not just another bit of houses in Jerusalem and another summit of the Hill on the West Bank," said former American Ambassador to Israel and Egypt Dan Kurtzer. "This is one of the most sensitive areas of the territory, and I hope that the United States will lay down the law".

"A number of important countries tell us that they think that it is wrong to make regulations, and these are our best friends," noted an Israeli Government official, who according to the New York Times, spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of being fired.

"After that they say that, directly or indirectly, the immediate reaction is to create settlements, even in one of the most controversial areas. E1? How does make sense? What is the message of the Government sends her best friends? »

While Israel has frequently announced expansions of the colony at political times delicate, the New York Times said, the displacement of E1 was a shock for many after a week where the Israelis and Palestinians have toned down talk about the next day answers to the vote of the United Nations.

According to the report, the Palestinians are already progressing moves less controversial: the Palestinian Authority has begun to change its name to the "Palestine" on websites, contracts and official documents, and several countries are considering raising to the level of diplomatic relations, the Palestinian envoys the title of Ambassador.