U.S. continues to oppose Israeli construction in Jerusalem neighborhoods

The Jerusalem neighborhood of Ramot. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

(JNS.org) The United States issued its latest criticism of Israeli construction in the Jewish state’s capital of Jerusalem following the preliminary approval of plans to build 200 new housing units in the Jewish religious neighborhood of Ramot, which is located beyond the 1949 armistice line.

“We are deeply concerned by this decision, particularly given the tense situation in Jerusalem, as well as the unequivocal and unanimous position of the United States and others in the international community opposing such construction in east Jerusalem,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Nov. 12.

Yet according to Brachie Sprung, a spokeswoman for the Jerusalem Municipality, the Ramot housing units may actually be years away because the project must pass several more stages before construction can begin.

Frequent American criticism in recent weeks of Israeli construction plans have made for a tense time in U.S.-Israel relations.

Posted on November 13, 2014 .