consequences vis-a-vis aid to Israel & automatic UN vetoing. Since this is not on the agenda, such "bemoaning" is meaningless and, in fact, deceptive--since the US seems to want to go on record condemning such activities--I suppose to placate most of the world--but doesn't really mean it. Most of the world doesn't count anyway. What counts is who decides who is elected to congress. Those who decide are those who most thoroughly buy off candidates prior to their election. Herein lies one of the fundamental sources of the problem.
Egypt to hold parliamentary election in 2 phases starting Oct 18-19 (Reuters)
from the article: U.S. bemoans Israeli plan for new West Bank houses