Israel to build 1,500 settler homes in east Jerusalem

Jerusalem — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Interior Minister Gideon Saar have agreed to build 1,500 new homes in the east Jerusalem settlement of Ramat Shlomo, Israeli army radio said Wednesday.

The early-morning report came shortly after Israel freed 26 veteran Palestinian prisoners alongside US-brokered peace talks.

Last week, an Israeli official said new tenders were to be announced in the large settlement blocs and in east Jerusalem “in the coming months” as part of “understandings” reached with both the Palestinians and Washington.

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