US slams Israeli settlement plan after Barack Obama meets Benjamin Netanyahu

October 2, 2014 5:41 AM

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Washington: President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met for talks overshadowed by unusually blunt United States criticism of the Jewish state's latest settlement plans.

While the two leaders smiled at the start of their meeting in Washington on Wednesday, tensions were evident hours later when the White House and the US State Department condemned Israel's latest plans to expand Jewish housing in east Jerusalem.

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