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2000 Israeli housing construction in East Jerusalem

JERUSALEM – On Tuesday Israeli Prime Minister announced  that he ordered the construction of 2,000 housing units for Israelis and the majority of which will be located in East Jerusalem, claimed by Palestinians as the capital of their future sovereign state.

Netanyahu said in a statement that would include new construction of settlements near Jerusalem and he believes it should return to the Jewish state as part of a peace agreement.

An Israeli official speaking on condition of anonymity said that increased construction in East Jerusalem was a response to recent unilateral Palestinian.

The Palestinians demand the cessation of settlement before any resumption of peace negotiations with Israel, which rejects this requirement.

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