Obama calls east Jerusalem construction plans ‘unhelpful’

US President Barack Obama criticized Israel on Tuesday at a news conference in Indonesia, following Monday’s announcement that Israel has advanced plans to build 1,345 homes in east Jerusalem.

“This kind of activity is never helpful when it comes to peace negotiations,” Obama said during a visit to Jakarta.

Also on Tuesday, senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat called on the international community to counter Israel’s latest construction plans by recognizing a Palestinian state.

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