March 12th, 2010
07:20 PM ET

Clinton: Israeli announcement of new settlements 'insulting'

[Update: 7:18 p.m.] Clinton said the United States' relationship with Israel is not at risk - "our relationship is durable, it's strong, it's rooted in common values."

"But we have to make clear to our Israeli friends and partners that the two-state solution - which we support, which the prime minister himself says he supports - requires confidence-building measures on both sides," Clinton told CNN's Jill Dougherty in an interview. "And the announcement of the settlements the very day that the vice president was there was insulting."

The construction, announced Tuesday, will be in the Ramat Shlomo neighborhood, located in disputed territory in East Jerusalem. The Israeli Interior Ministry denies the territory is in East Jerusalem.

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[Posted: 6:01 p.m.] Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told CNN Friday that Israel's announcement of new settlement construction in disputed territory in East Jerusalem was "insulting" to the United States.

The Israeli announcement came during Vice President Joe Biden's visit this week to Israel. It complicated U.S. efforts to set up so-called proximity talks between the Israelis and Palestinians, the latest attempt to nudge the two sides back toward talking directly.

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  1. Boxer

    It should be now clear to the whole world that the Palestinians have been right all along. Only the question remains, what is the world going to do to rectify this wrong?

    March 13, 2010 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
  2. abimbola Adebisi

    Well done ms clinton for your brave coment,i believe without american taken this case so serious and come out openly like this in the public isreal will not do anything tangible for the palestine people.i think the whole world need to join hands together and have the same voice to isreal before any success can be achieved on this issue.

    March 13, 2010 at 3:21 am | Report abuse |
  3. David

    Its time we act as a neutral party and pressure Israel to stop expanding settlements into Palestinian territory. How possibly can Palestinians fight for their land against the mighty Israeli army?


    March 13, 2010 at 6:56 am | Report abuse |
  4. doug

    It is about time we say something critical of Israel..they have been playing the victim card in US politics for far too long. They are totally over rated. Please stop kissing their ass!

    March 13, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Rachel

    Palestine shouldn't be allowed to negotiate with Israel- one commenter expressed?! Wow, the attempts to wipe out/bulldoze a people hasn't succeeded for 50+ yrs and is never going to- wake up. The U.S. is finally waking up to the facts. "Squatters"-?! Did another commenter actually call a Palestinian living in his home as he did for generations a "squatter"?! This reminds me of very horrible times throughout history and the disgusting public brain washing that occurs as a result of some need to support one's "tribe" regardless of ethics. Get an education, woman, and some psychological help with these masochism issues. And while you're at it, look uo the United Nations and every philosophical and holy book in existence for the definition of "human rights violation". Wow...I am constantly shocked at this oppressive attitude toward other human beings as I have this conversation with both jewish and non-jewish friends and colleagues. Peace. How un-evolved. How sad in 2010.

    March 13, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Louis

    well people we need to understand how many faces israel really is mask off show !!!!!!

    March 13, 2010 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  7. mikecnn

    the us administration is a fraud. president obama himself declared jerusalem to be the UNEVIDED capital of israel, yet no when the israelis want to beuild houses on their undevieded city, clinton and biden get upset. why >>?? who is lying more here, obama or his staff.??

    March 15, 2010 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jac

    Israel is a small piece of land that the Jews call their home, while the Arabs have the rest of the huge mass of the middle east, and they just want to take over. Now that's greed. This is a conflict that has been going on for hundreds of years. It's not just a matter of signing a paper and saying "Let have peace." It's a reglious conflict more than anything.

    March 15, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Enough Israel

    Yes enough is enough, US need to stop the double standerd with Israel to reach Peace. How many Vitos we have to make in UN just for their eyes.?? How many enemeies we created just by supporting this illegal state?? Stop the occupation, stop the killings, stop the hate, & build one democratic state, or give the palestinans their lands back and freedom. They are humans too, making the jews the god's chosen people, means making them better in treating other humans and not the opposite. as a great example to others.... on the other hand... how its complicated all these religions are, they all believe in the same god, but they hate eachothers in the name of the same god...this is not faith, this is hate. PEACE, PEACE NOW, NO WARS. Be a greenhand and help Peace.

    March 15, 2010 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Brnmar

    Stop the oppression of the so-called Palestinians by stopping financial and military aid to Israel.

    Solve our economic problems here before trying to solve the world's problem.

    March 18, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Doug

    Israel has a choice as Barak the Israeli Minister of Defense said-it can be a democratic state with a Jewish majority only if it gives up the occupied territories. Time for Israel to make some hard choices. Their policy of continually swiping more land, cutting down olive groves and houses of Palestinians has made Israel a pariah state now with only the US supporting it. Time for the US to stop its aid to one of the wealthiest countries in the world. America has better uses for the 3 billion dollars donated to Israel every year. its money.

    March 21, 2010 at 3:17 am | Report abuse |
  12. Amelia Thomas

    my dentist installed a veneer on my front tooth and it looks better than ever-;*

    October 6, 2010 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
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