US Secretary of State John Kerry has urged Palestinians "not to react adversely" to Israel's announcement of new settlement building, stressing the need to return to the negotiating table.
Palestinian protesters climb Israel's controversial separation barrier in protest at Israeli settlements in the West Bank on June, 7, 2013. US Secretary of State John Kerry urged Palestinians "not to react adversely" to Israel's announcement of new settlement building, and stressed the importance of getting back to peace talks.
With a fresh peace dialogue in its early stages after a three-year hiatus, the approval of almost 1,200 housing units in annexed east Jerusalem and elsewhere in the West Bank on Sunday infuriated Palestinians.
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