The White House warned the Israeli government Thursday to stop announcing plans to build new settlements in the occupied West Bank,signaling a breach in the extraordinarily warm relationship between President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, NBC News reported.
Netanyahu's office announced Wednesday that for the first time in two decades, Israel planned to build 3,000 new settlement homes in the disputed territory.
In a statement, the White House noted that though the new administration has not taken an official position on settlements in the West Bank, "the construction of new settlements or the expansion of existing settlements beyond their current borders may not be helpful" in resolving the decades-old conflict.
The statement was issued after The Jerusalem Post reported that the administration had sent Netanyahu a message complaining that announcements like the one the government made Wednesday could "undermine" the peace process. NBC News has not confirmed that report.