Israel to build in eastern Jerusalem


Israel announced plans to build hundreds of new homes in Jewish neighborhoods of eastern Jerusalem.

The Housing Ministry said Sunday it would invite construction bids for 763 new housing units in Pisgat Zeev and 121 in Har Homa.

The projects, Housing Minister Zeev Boim was quoted as saying, are part of the Israeli government’s effort to “bolster” the capital.

Pisgat Zeev and Har Homa are on land that Israel captured in the 1967 Six-Day War and where Palestinians want to found a state, though they are included in Jerusalem municipal limits.

The Palestinian Authority denounced the new housing plans, saying they contravened the U.S.-sponsored peace “road map” that requires a freeze on settlement construction in the West Bank.

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