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Clinton: Mideast peace deal still possible and necessary

Secretary of State joins senior Obama administration members in chiding Israel over settlement construction; U.S. pledges $150 million to Palestinian Authority.

HAARETZ.com (via Reuters)

November 10, 2010 | 10:21 am

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday that a peace deal in the Middle East was still possible and necessary, despite a renewed row over Israeli construction on land the Palestinians want for a state.

Clinton told reporters in a joint video conference with Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad Israel’s recently announced plan to construct 1,300 homes in East Jerusalem and 800 more in the West Bank settlement of Ariel was counterproductive to peace negotiations.

Nevertheless, she said, the United States was continuing to work to resume the stalled negotiations.

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