JERUSALEM: Jerusalem's city hall cancelled a vote on Wednesday on applications to build nearly 500 new homes for Israelis in East Jerusalem, a municipal official said, plans that had drawn US criticism in a raging dispute over settlements. The proposed settlement is part of building activity that the UN Security Council demanded an end to on Friday, a resolution that a US abstention made possible. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu requested the decision be put off, said Jerusalem Planning and Housing Committee member…
RAMALLAH- Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas on Thursday hailed a decision by Sweden to officially recognize the state of Palestine, his spokesman told AFP.
WASHINGTON: The United States on Tuesday took the unusual step of publicly criticizing Israel for plans to appropriate land in the occupied West Bank and calling for it to reverse the decision.