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memo to Obama: construction in East Jerusalem is going on ‘as normal’

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From Ma’an:

On Monday, an Israeli cabinet official construction would continue unabated in East Jerusalem, in spite of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s assurances that a slow-down would be implemented in light of Palestinian entry into US-brokered proximity talks.

Speaking to Israel’s Army Radio, cabinet secretary Zevi Houser said construction in the occupied part of the city "will start soon" and that "construction in Jerusalem is going on as normal."

Meanwhile, President Mahmoud Abbas called on US to respond to reports that another settlement in occupied Jerusalem was underway, as Netanyahu’s spokesperson, Nir Hefez told the Army Radio that "a timetable for construction in East Jerusalem will be arranged in order to avoid diplomatic embarrassment,"

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