10:06 pm - 05/07/2016
The United States will endorse a tougher tone with Israel in an upcoming international report that takes the Jewish state to task over settlements, demolitions, and property seizures on land the Palestinians claim for a future state, diplomats said.
The United States and its fellow Mideast mediators also will chastise Palestinian leaders for failing to rein in anti-Israeli violence. But the diplomats involved in drafting the document said its primary focus will be a surge of construction in Jewish housing in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
Washington has traditionally tempered statements by the so-called Quartet of mediators with careful diplomatic language, but the diplomats said the United States in this case will align itself closer to the positions of the European Union, Russia, and the United Nations, who emphasize Israel’s role in the Mideast impasse.
The report’s release is sure to infuriate Israel, where officials are already bracing for expected criticism. And on the other side, although the mediators will endorse some longstanding Palestinian complaints, the Palestinians are likely to complain the report does not go far enough.
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