美国敦促以色列取消定居点计划 U.S. Urges Israel to Cancel Settlement Plan

15 March, 2010

美国敦促以色列放弃在被占领的东耶路撒冷扩建定居点的计划,这项计划引起争议。美联社援引一名未透露姓名的以色列官员的话说,美国希望以色列取消建房项目。以色列驻美大使奥伦警告说,由于对以色列在东耶路撒冷建造住宅的争议,美以关系已经降到35年来的最低点。

以色列报纸说,奥伦大使星期六打电话向以色列外交官员通报了这两个长期盟友正在恶化的关系。一些美国高级官员谴责以色列上星期批准在东耶路撒冷为犹太人建造1600套新公寓住宅的计划。巴勒斯坦宣称东耶路撒冷为未来首都。

The U.S. is pressuring Israel to abandon a controversial plan to expand settlements in occupied East Jerusalem. The Associated Press quotes unnamed Israeli officials who say the U.S. wants the country to cancel the construction project. Israeli media say Israel's ambassador to the United States has warned that U.S.-Israeli relations have hit a 35-year low due to a dispute about Israeli housing plans in East Jerusalem.

Israeli newspapers say Ambassador Michael Oren briefed Israeli diplomats by telephone Saturday about the worsening of relations between the two long-time allies. A series of senior U.S. officials have denounced Israel's approval last week of a plan to build 1,600 apartments for Jews in East Jerusalem. Palestinians claim the area as a future capital.