The Straits Times
Published on Oct 21, 2012

Israeli PM: No limits on Jerusalem construction


JERUSALEM (AP) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed on Sunday to continue building in east Jerusalem, despite objections from Palestinians who claim the territory as capital of their hoped-for state.

Mr Netanyahu spoke on Sunday after the European Union's foreign policy chief criticized plans to build 800 new apartments and a military college on contested land.

"We are not imposing any restrictions on construction in Jerusalem" Mr Netanyahu told his Cabinet. "It is our capital."

A top aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas promptly accused Mr Netanyahu of deliberately destroying prospects for peace. The Israeli leader's comment "comes in the context of the continuing destruction of the peace process and the two-state solution", Mr Nabil Abu Rdeneh said.