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Hillary Clinton to AIPAC: New Israeli settlements complicate US goals on Iran

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said at the AIPAC conference Monday that new Israeli settlements in occupied Arab lands not only hurt US standing in the peace process, but they also complicate the US bid to win additional sanctions against Iran.

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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addresses the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) annual policy conference in Washington Monday. The influential pro-Israel lobbying group released a statement that called on the White House to take immediate steps to defuse tension with over new Israeli settlements.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is to meet with President Obama Tuesday at the White House, but in the run-up to that meeting neither the United States nor Israel is backing down from positions that put the two allies on a collision course.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said before the influential American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in Washington Monday that Israeli settlement activity in occupied Arab lands – East Jerusalem and the West Bank – undermines trust between the two allies and makes the US role in the peace process more difficult. Her words follow Mr. Netanyahu's assertion Sunday that Israel would not cease all settlement construction in Jerusalem, which it claims as its capital.

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