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Obama-Netanyahu Talks Clouded as U.S. Slams Settlements

President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met for talks overshadowed by unusually blunt U.S. criticism of the Jewish state’s latest settlement plans.

While the two leaders smiled at the start of their meeting in Washington yesterday, tensions were evident hours later when the White House and State Department condemned Israel’s latest plans to expand Jewish housing in east Jerusalem. The proposed construction of 2,610 new homes in the Givat Hamatos area was disclosed by the Israeli activist group Peace Now.