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    Rice Blasts Settlement Expansion In Renewed Attempt To Jumps

    U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrived to Israel on Saturday night to give another push to the lagging peace process between the Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Upon her arrival to the Inbal hotel in Jerusalem, Rice blasted Israel's latest plan to build over 1,000 houses for Jewish settlers in east Jerusalem, saying that the building is "simply not helpful to building confidence" between Israel and the PA. Israel announced plans for the new settlement on Friday, bringing the total new homes planned in the area to more than 3,000. Palestinians claim the location is part of the capital of a future Palestinian state. 06/15/08