Netanyahu 'destroying two-state solution' as Israeli leader vows expansion of major West Bank settlement
"This is an attempt by Netanyahu to destroy the two-state solution and a clear refusal of any attempt to revive the peace process, especially by the United States," Nabil Shaath, a senior adviser to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, said.
Earlier this year, Israel shelved a proposal to annex Maale Adumim under apparent pressure from the White House.
US President Donald Trump dispatched a delegation of top US envoys to the Middle East in August to discuss peace talks, which have been frozen since talks collapsed in 2014.
Trump has distanced himself from the decades-old stance of previous administrations in support of a two-state solution, and has taken a softer line on settlements.
Key advisers Jared Kushner and ambassador to Israel David Friedman have longstanding ties to the settlement movement.
A White House official reiterated Trump's position that "unrestrained settlement activity does not advance the prospect for peace," but past demands for a settlement freeze also have not helped advance talks.
Facing a series of corruption investigations, Netanyahu has stepped up his hard-line rhetoric in recent weeks, attacking the media and giving speeches in West Bank settlements where he has vowed never to remove them.