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Israel pulls back from approving new East Jerusalem homes

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…