Israel approves new homes in east Jerusalem - Yahoo! News
The freezing of settlement expansion (the nice word for the slow invasion that's been going on) is a prerequisite for peace. The Israelis agreed to it just a few months back, and now have massively reneged.
JERUSALEM (AFP) – Israel approved the construction of hundreds of new housing units in annexed east Jerusalem on Tuesday, driving another stake into troubled US efforts to restart Middle East peace talks.
The interior ministry said it approved the construction of 900 new units in Gilo, one of a dozen of Israeli settlements in mostly Arab east Jerusalem, adding that the project still faced review.
Earlier, Israeli media reported that hawkish Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had refused a request from main ally Washington to halt construction in Gilo. It was not clear whether the request concerned the project approved on Tuesday.
The approval is likely to further hamper Washington's so-far futile efforts to get Israelis and Palestinians back to the peace table, amid deep disagreements over the thorny issue of settlements.