So they refuse to criticize Egypt’s new constitution or Morsi’s power-grab but go ballistic when Israel builds homes for its citizens on their land? Talk about a warped sense of priorities.

WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says Israeli plans for new settlements near East Jerusalem do not help efforts to bring about a two-state solution to the Palestinian crisis.

Clinton told Israeli officials in Washington that plans for new settlements abutting East Jerusalem “set back the cause of a negotiated peace.”

“We all need to work together to find a path forward in negotiations that can finally deliver on a two-state solution. That must remain our goal,” Clinton said.

Friday’s announcement of 3,000 new homes on Israeli-occupied land is especially contentious as building in the area near East Jerusalem known as E1 could obstruct the ultimate creation of a contiguous Palestinian state because it cuts through the West Bank.

In remarks at a Washington foreign policy forum, Clinton spoke warmly of the longstanding alliance between the United States and Israel and Washington’s objection to this week’s move by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to increase his group’s status at the United Nations to that of a non-member observer state.