Israel approves 2,600 settler homes in E Jerusalem: NGO

Israel is to press ahead with the planned construction of 2,610 settler homes in annexed east Jerusalem, a watchdog said Wednesday, angering Palestinian leaders and prompting US President Barack Obama to express concern.

Biden meets Palestinians amid row over settlements

US Vice President Joe Biden was meeting with Palestinian leaders on Wednesday as his bid to bolster new peace talks was marred by Israel`s approval of settlement expansion in east Jerusalem.

Israel pursuing plans to build apartments in E Jerusalem

Israel is moving ahead with plans to build 486 apartments in east Jerusalem, despite US efforts to halt Israeli construction there and in the West Bank.