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Israel postpones vote on new settlement construction in East Jerusalem

Israel postpones vote on new settlement construction in East Jerusalem

An Israeli planning committee backed down on Wednesday from approving hundreds of permits for housing projects in east Jerusalem, hoping to avoid fanning controversy over settlement activity hours before a policy speech on Israeli-Palesitnian peace by Secretary of State John Kerry.

The Jerusalem municipal planning commission had been scheduled to vote on about 600 building permits in neighborhood settlements located in parts of the city that make up the proposed capital of a future independent Palestinian state. But amid a weeklong spat between the Obama administration and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over a United Nations Security Council resolution condemning...

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