Jerusalem Puts Planned Settlements on Hold


The Jerusalem city council has postponed their vote to approved 600 new housing units until a future date.

The vote had been scheduled for Wednesday but Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, asked for the vote to be put on hold.

Jerusalem’s planning committee was set to vote on 600 new housing units despite a United Nations Security Council resolution last week that condemned the settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Jerusalem had planned the vote before the U.N. resolution condemning the settlements occurred.

Secretary of State, John Kerry, is scheduled to speak on Wednesday concerning what Obama’s vision for the Israeli-Palestinian peace process is. This speech comes after the United States abstained from the U.N. Security Council vote last week and refused to veto it.

That abstention by the U.S. angered Israel and its Prime Minister and Israel said it will produce proof that the Obama administration helped coordinate the U.N. vote on the settlements. However, they will only share that proof with President-elect Donald Trump.

Trump has been a supporter of Israel and stated that the U.S. would move Israel’s U.S. Embassy from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv, where many of the other countries have their embassies.

H/T: The Hill



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