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Topic - Roi Lachmanovich
Israel gave the go-ahead Tuesday for construction of 1,100 new Jewish housing units in East Jerusalem, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ruled out any freeze in settlement construction.
Israel's interior minister gave final authorization to build 1,600 apartments in disputed east Jerusalem and will approve 2,700 more within days, officials said Thursday, detailing a plan that could complicate diplomatic efforts to dissuade Palestinians from declaring statehood at the United Nations.
"There's always something pending," he said when asked about the timing of the approvals.
Mr. Lachmanovich, the ministry spokesman, said the new apartments were necessary to address a housing shortage in the city.