The Straits Times
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Published on Dec 04, 2012
 

Israel revives plan for 1,600 settler homes in E. Jerusalem

 
 

JERUSALEM (AFP) - Israel has revived a plan to construct 1,600 new settler homes in the east Jerusalem neighbourhood of Ramat Shlomo that raised US objections when it was first announced in 2010, an official said on Monday.

"In the next two weeks the interior ministry's district committee for Jerusalem will convene to discuss the objections to the programme that was approved for deposit over two years ago," interior ministry spokesman Efrat Orbach told AFP.

"The committee will then have to decide which of the objections - if any - it accepts, and make changes accordingly," she added, in reference to concerns raised by the public.

The Ramat Shlomo project caused a diplomatic rift between Israel and Washington when it was first announced in March 2010 but it has lain dormant since August 2011.