A senior Israeli official said Thursday that Washington made clear during talks this week its opposition to Israel building settlements on occupied land that the Palestinians “need” for their future state.
In response to a question about whether the US side raised the issue during the visit of Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, who met with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and other senior officials in Washington, the Israeli official told reporters: “Yes.”
The official, who was quoted by Reuters without revealing his identity, added: “They raised it, not in the form of a ‘great job’… Please guys.”
The administration of President Joe Biden has confirmed that it opposes the further expansion of Jewish settlements, while most countries consider these settlements illegal, while Israel disputes this.
A senior Biden administration official said this month that Israel was well aware of the administration’s view on the need to desist from actions that could be considered “provocative” and undermine efforts to achieve a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians.