Israel plans 1,300 East Jerusalem Jewish settler homes

Israel has exposed plans to build nearly 1,300 housing units for Jewish settlers in busy East Jerusalem.

A construction settlement is illegal under international law and current efforts to revive Israeli-Palestinian quiet talks have delayed over the issue.

The statement comes as Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is on a bureaucrat visit to the US.

Palestinian officials have allegedly described the move as an Israeli effort to sabotage the talks.

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