Israel rebuffs Obama's call on settlement

Israeli spokesman Mark Regev said that “normal life” will continue and the fate of the settlements will be decided in negotiations with the Palestinians.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stated on Wednesday that President Barack Obama “wants to see a stop to settlements. Not some settlements, not outposts, not natural-growth exceptions.” Israel employs the term “natural growth” to refer to construction to provide for the expansion of settler families.    
Israel’s rebuff to Obama occurred only hours before he met Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the White House. He refuses to negotiate with Israel until all colonisation is stopped and the current government commits to the creation of a Palestinian state alongside Israel.    
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who rejects the “two-state solution” backed by the international community, has said no new settlements will be built. But he recently observed, “There is no way that we are going to tell people not to have children or to force young people to move away from their families.”
Israel began its colonisation of East Jerusalem and the West Bank shortly after conquering the territories in June 1967.

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