The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
December 28, 2009
Statement by White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs on Construction in
“The United States opposes new Israeli construction in East Jerusalem. The
status of Jerusalem is a permanent status issue that must be resolved by the
parties through negotiations and supported by the international community.
Neither party should engage in efforts or take actions that could
unilaterally pre-empt, or appear to pre-empt, negotiations. Rather, both
parties should return to negotiations without preconditions as soon as
possible. The United States recognizes that Jerusalem is a deeply important
issue for Israelis and Palestinians, and for Jews, Muslims, and Christians.
We believe that through good faith negotiations the parties can mutually
agree on an outcome that realizes the aspirations of both parties for
Jerusalem, and safeguards its status for people around the world.”