Washington approves of Israeli settlements but kind of disapproves, too

A classic example of American news-speak:

The United States said on Monday that Israel’s approval of building 112 new Jewish homes in the West Bank did not violate a limited Israeli settlement freeze but was the kind of act both sides should be cautious about as they embark on indirect peace talks.

“On the one hand, it does not violate the moratorium that the Israelis previously announced. On the other hand, this is the kind of thing that both sides have to be cautious as we move ahead with these parallel talks,” U.S. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley told reporters.

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