Israel's Housing Ministry invited contractors to bid for the construction of 198 housing units in Pisgat Zeev, 377 homes in Neve Yaakov and 117 dwellings in Har Homa, settlements near Jerusalem.
Just in case you didn't know, those three Hebrew names, Pisgat Zeev, Neve Yaakov and Har Homa, are neighborhoods in Jerusalem.
Not by Reuters:
Israel announced plans on Monday to build nearly 700 new homes for Jews in areas of the occupied West Bank it considers part of JerusalemFound in NYTimes.
AP gets it reported better:
Amy Teibel, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS JERUSALEM - Israel said Monday that it will build nearly 700 new apartments in east Jerusalem, drawing tough criticism from both the Palestinians and the United States, which denounced the plan as an obstacle to peacemaking.
The dispute over east Jerusalem is the most intractable - and explosive - in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Palestinians claim east Jerusalem as the capital of a future state and consider Jewish neighbourhoods there to be settlements. Israel claims all of the city as its eternal capital.
An they missed what UPI caught:
Jerusalem approves Arab housing units
JERUSALEM, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Israel has approved the construction of 500 housing units in Jerusalem's Silwan neighborhood for both Arab and Jewish residents, officials said.
Israeli Housing and Construction Minister Ariel Atias said Monday that units have been authorized after Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat gave his approval for the building in an effort to address a housing shortage in the capital, Ynetnews.com reported.
Palestinians have accused Jerusalem officials of not allowing them to build in the city while approving hundreds of new Jewish housing units in outlying neighborhoods such as Neve Yaakov, Har Homa and Pisgat Ze'ev. Ynetnews.com said only two of the new Silwan units have been reserved by Jewish residents living in the area.
In another related Reuters story, the White House gets involved:
The White House on Monday called for Israel and the Palestinians to return to the negotiating table as soon as possible and for Israel to halt the construction of new homes for Jews in East Jerusalem. "The United States opposes new Israeli construction in East Jerusalem," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said in a statement.
Oh, my. My oh my.
Israel is already "at the negotiating table" fellas.
There's "frozen " Jewish communities on the menu but the Pals. won't even nibble.
Obama should get his priorities right. Jews have always lived in, around and all around Jerusalem town before the Ottoman occupation, the English occupation and the Jordanian occupation.
If he keeps trying that 'East Jerusalem trump card', he's going nowhere.