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All this shows is that ignoramus politicians are prone to speak ignorant things.

Jewish homes in Judea and Samaria are entirely legal according to international law, saying otherwise is complete ignorance, or worse, malice.

Steinmeier: Israeli settlements hurt peace

Steinmeier speaks while Saeb Erikat, head Palestinian negotiator watches. Photo: DPA

Published: 14 Jan 2014 08:22 GMT+01:00

Israel’s ongoing settlement construction is damaging efforts to reach a negotiated peace agreement, visiting German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Monday.

Berlin’s top diplomat was in Israel for a 24-hour visit to discuss the peace process which was largely overshadowed by the death at the weekend of Israel’s controversial former prime minister Ariel Sharon who was laid to rest on Monday.

He met with Israel’s chief negotiator Tzipi Livni early on Monday then attended both a state memorial service and Sharon’s funeral before travelling to Ramallah for an evening meeting with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas.

“It is clear that the continued building of settlements really hurts the process,” he told reporters before his meeting with Livni, while stressing that Berlin also expected the Palestinians “to do their part”.

Speaking to reporters after his talks with Abbas, Steinmeier said the ongoing direct peace talks, which were launched in late July, should not be “disrupted” by new settlement announcements.

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