Netanyahu’s Office: No Change on East Jerusalem Plans

The office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel’s position on construction in East Jerusalem is unchanged after a visit to Washington for talks on the peace process.

Mr. Netanyahu’s office made the statement on Friday, before a planned cabinet meeting to discuss the U.S.-proposed gestures intended to revive negotiations with the Palestinians.

Senior leaders of Mr. Netanyahu’s ruling coalition are rallying behind the prime minister and his insistence that Israel continue building settlements.

U.S. officials want Israel to freeze a plan to build 1,600 new settler homes in East Jerusalem, which the Palestinians claim as a future capital. Mr. Netanyahu reiterated in Washington that Israel views all of Jerusalem as its capital, not a settlement.

VOA

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