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Israel pushes settlements in East Jerusalem

As the United Nations General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to upgrade the Palestinians' status Thursday night, Israel took steps toward building housing in a controversial area of East Jerusalem, where Jewish settlements have long been seen as the death knell for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

A senior Israeli official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, yesterday said that the decision was made late Thursday night to move forward on “preliminary zoning and planning preparations” for housing units in East Jerusalem, which would connect the large settlement of Maale Adumim to Jerusalem and therefore make it impossible to connect the Palestinian cities of Ramallah and Bethlehem to Palestinian neighborhoods of East Jerusalem.

Israel also authorized the construction of 3,000 housing units in other parts of East Jerusalem and the West Bank, the official said.

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