WASHINGTON – "The United States opposes all unilateral actions, including West Bank settlement activity and housing construction in east Jerusalem, as they complicate efforts to resume direct, bilateral negotiations, and risk prejudging the outcome of those negotiations," the State Department said in a statement Monday in response to Israel's plan to build an additional 3,000 housing units in Jerusalem and the West Bank. "This includes building in the E-1 area, as this area is particularly sensitive and construction there would be especially damaging to efforts to achieve a two-state solution," spokesperson Mark Toner said. The so-called E-1 zone refers to a stretch of land connecting Ma'ale Adumim with Jerusalem. "We have made clear to the Israeli government that such action is contrary to US policy. The United States and the international community expect all parties to play a constructive role in efforts to achieve peace," Toner added. Britain, France, Spain, Sweden and Denmark summoned the Israeli ambassadors in their capitals to hear appeals for Netanyahu to reverse course and deep disapproval of the plan to erect 3,000 more homes in the West Bank and east Jerusalem. The settlement plan, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, would deal "an almost fatal blow" to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. US: Settlement building 'complicates' peace efforts - Israel News, Ynetnews the USA has broad shoulders and a strong back, but how much further can israel plunge the dagger in.