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Israeli and Palestinian tension high as Kerry goes to Jordan for talks
Israeli and Palestinian tension high as Kerry goes to Jordan for talks

Israeli authorities on Wednesday gave preliminary approval to the expansion of a Jewish neighborhood in East Jerusalem, a step likely to heighten tension within the troubled city and draw disapproval from the Obama administration. The Israeli move came shortly before Secretary of State John F. Kerry was to arrive in neighboring Jordan, where he was expected to hold talks aimed at easing friction over a contested holy site in Jerusalem’s walled Old City of which Jordan is the formal custodian. An escalating quarrel over the plateau, known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Haram al Sharif, or Noble Sanctuary, has triggered weeks of street clashes in Jerusalem, and...

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