U.S. Blasts Israeli Settlements

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton blasted Israel Tuesday for approving new homes in the contested East Jerusalem, saying that she was “deeply disappointed” by the announcement. Sounding frustrated, Clinton told reporters at the State Department that “we have been here before, over many years.” Israel’s move comes just when the U.S. and Europe are trying to get the Palestinians back at the negotiating table that could avert a veto showdown over President Mahmoud Abbas’ bid for statehood through the United Nations.