Israel to Begin Construction in Jerusalem

Friday, October 15, 2010

Just days after offering Palestinians a compromise over building in the West Bank, Israel has announced it is building more than 200 new homes in eastern Jerusalem, according to The Associated Press.

On Monday, Israeli leaders had offered to extend a building ban in the West Bank, but only if Palestinian leaders formally recognized Israel as a Jewish State, according to The BBC. Palestinian leaders, who've long said doing so would violate the rights of non-Jewish people living in Israel, rejected the deal, according to The AP.

Friday's announcement appeared to throw a wrench into efforts to resume face-to-face negotiations. According to the AP, Palestinians charged that the new plan makes it clear Israel is not really committed to peace. The moratorium expired on September 26, and since then, the two sides have not reached a compromise that would allow peace talks to proceed.

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