Israel to face new condemnation for settlements

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Associated Press

Posted on December 18, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 18 at 7:04 PM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Palestinians say that all members of the U.N. Security Council except the United States will condemn Israel's recent announcements of new settlement construction which are making a two-state solution more difficult to achieve.

Palestinian envoy Riyad Mansour said individually or collectively the 14 other council members will tell reporters after the council's monthly Mideast meeting on Wednesday that continuing settlement activity is illegal and must be stopped.

The United States delivered a rare blunt rebuke to Israel, its top Mideast ally, on Tuesday for its new settlement construction. But Mansour said the Obama administration won't approve a Security Council resolution or statement.

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