GAZA, 19th January, 2016 (WAM) — Dan Shapiro, the US Ambassador to Israel, has directed harsh criticism towards Israeli government policies in the Palestinian territories, especially the settlement policy in the West Bank.

Shapiro also said yesterday, during the annual conference of the Institute for National Security Studies conference in Tel Aviv, that Israel must stop construction in settlements as it is causing a diplomatic freeze and increasing terrorism, adding that Israelis in the West Bank are taking the law in their own hands.

Shapiro also expressed the US administration’s concern about the construction of Israeli settlements, and criticised terrorism investigations carried out by Israeli authorities in the West Bank.