US backs European Union move to distinguish Israel from West Bank

US backs European move to distinguish Israel from West Bank – The Times of Israel 20.01.16
State Department blasts ‘illegitimate’ settlement activity, says Washington does not consider product labelling a boycott. ‘We remain deeply concerned about Israel’s current policy on settlements, including construction, planning, and retroactive legalisations… settlement activity beyond the 1967 lines and efforts to change the facts on the ground undermine prospects for a two-state solution’
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