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US elections won’t stop Obama from criticizing Bibi

The Obama administration keeps condemning settlement construction even during the election campaign period, thus demonstrating that criticizing the policy of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shouldn't block the road to the White House.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, July 24, 2016. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun - RTSJDIX
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Here are two statements issued this year by US State Department spokesman John Kirby. Those who can find significant differences between the two will win a guided tour of the Jewish quarter of the West Bank city of Hebron conducted by the anti-occupation organization Breaking the Silence.

One statement was issued July 28 following Israel’s announcement of plans to build across the Green Line, including the construction of 770 housing units in the Gilo neighborhood of East Jerusalem. In addition, the authorities approved the construction of 500 housing units in the settlement town of Ma'ale Adumim, 42 in the settlement town of Kiryat Arba and 323 units in Jewish neighborhoods on the other side of the Green Line in East Jerusalem.

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