W.House-dismayed at Jerusalem settlement expansion

WASHINGTON Tue Nov 17, 2009 2:27pm EST

WASHINGTON Nov 17 (Reuters) - The White House said on Tuesday that it was "dismayed" over Israeli approval to expand the Gilo settlement in Jerusalem and sharply criticized the ongoing evictions and demolition of Palestinian homes.

"At a time when we are working to relaunch negotiations, these actions make it more difficult for our efforts to succeed," White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said in a statement. (Reporting by Alister Bull; Editing by Jackie Frank)