Trump Administration: 'Settlements' don't help peace

State Department spokesperson says President Trump has been 'clear all along' that 'settlements' don't help the peace process.


President Donald Trump and Binyamin Netanyahu at Ben Gurion Airport
President Donald Trump and Binyamin Netanyahu at Ben Gurion Airport

The Trump administration again said that Israel’s 'settlement expansion' does not help the peace process.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert at a media briefing Tuesday spoke about the development of more Jewish communities inn Judea and Samaria in response to a reporter’s inquiry.

The report asked Nauert, “If the Israeli government would stop building settlements or would issue a freeze at the present time, that would help accelerate the process, correct?”

Nauert responded, “The president has been clear all along – his position on this has not changed – and that is that we see settlements as something that does not help the peace process.”

Israeli Prime Minister Binyaamin Netanyahu launched a new policy earlier this year to curb construction in Judea and Samaria, acceding to President Donald Trump’s wishes.

The State Department statement came on the eve of a visit to Israel by Trump’s point man on the peace process, Jared Kushner, who with his team hopes to renew Israeli-Palestinian Authority talks.

In Israel, Kushner met with the family of an Israeli border policewoman killed by an Arab terrorist.