Clinton slams Netanyahu over settlements

Published March 13th, 2010 - 09:32 GMT

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's political standing is "perilous" because of divisions within his coalition, a senior U.S. official said on Friday. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton telephoned Netanyahu to tell him the settlements announcement was a "deeply negative signal about Israel's approach to the bilateral relationship ... and had undermined trust and confidence in the peace process," a State Department spokesman said on Friday, according to Reuters.


"The Israelis know the only way to stay on the positive side of the ledger -- internationally and with us -- is to not have them recurring," the senior Obama administration official said of announcements about expanding settlements. The official predicted "a dicey period here in the next couple days to a couple of weeks."



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