Israel: U.S. criticism slows settlements

December 10, 2014 10:15 PM

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Israel: U.S. criticism slows settlements

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: U.S. criticism of Israel’s settlement policies has slowed down construction in the occupied West Bank, Israel’s defense minister said Wednesday, adding that he hoped the delay would be “temporary” as the Obama administration “won’t be around forever.”

The minister, Moshe Yaalon, has previously derided U.S. peace efforts in the Middle East, calling Secretary of State John Kerry “obsessive” and “messianic.” Those comments rankled Washington officials and stoked tensions with Israel’s most important ally.

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