Israel approves 284 new West Bank housing units, draws U.S. ire

Palestinian protesters run away from tear gas fired by Israeli troops during clashes near RamallahBy Jeffrey Heller and Arshad Mohammed JERUSALEM/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Israel approved on Wednesday 284 new housing units in Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, drawing a U.S. accusation that its policies could expand settlements in a "potentially unlimited way." U.S. officials said the criticism from the U.S. State Department marked the first time it has suggested in public that Israel may be moving toward unlimited settlement expansion on land the Palestinians seek to establish their own state. The U.S. officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the latest language was unusually strong but reflected a change in tone rather than any major shift in U.S. policy.


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