The White House and State Department on Wednesday criticized the Israeli government for approving plans to create a new Jewish settlement, with up to 300 new houses, in the West Bank.
In a statement that was harsh by State Department standards, the US “strongly condemned” the move, while the Israeli foreign ministry insisted that the new houses would be built within the territory of an already existing settlement named Shvut Rachel.
Last month, America Abroad spoke with Tzipi Livni, a former foreign minister in Israel, to discuss the country's relationship with the US and the stagnated peace process. The settlement issue came up quickly.
“Settlement activities were part of a vision that in a way was my party when I was very young.”
Livni, who’s now heading the Hatnuah party, an opposition party to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, is referring to the vision of Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party. Livni was a Likud’s member of parliament and a minister until she left the party in 2005. Her father, Eitan Livni, was a prominent member of the Likud party and served in parliament between 1973 and 1984.