Via Times of Israel:

The US expressed its concern Wednesday that the approval by a local planning committee for 200 new homes in a Jerusalem neighborhood that lies in part over the Green Line will be an obstruction to peace.

US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the move in the Ramot neighborhood would further hinder efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with a two-state solution, Reuters reported.

“We are deeply concerned by this decision particularly given the tense situation in Jerusalem,” Psaki said during her daily press briefing. “Most importantly they are contrary to Israel’s own stated goal of achieving a two-state solution because they make it more difficult to do that.”

Brachie Sprung, a spokeswoman for the municipality, said the approval, by the Jerusalem Local Planning and Building Committee, was just a preliminary stage of the planning process — meaning construction would be years away.