Jerusalem annuls vote on new homes

Minister of Public Safety calls John Kerry speech 'pathetic'

28 December, 14:07

    (ANSAmed) - TEL AVIV, DECEMBER 28 - The City of Jerusalem on Wednesday annulled a scheduled vote to approve about 618 new homes in the predominantly Arab eastern part of the city, Israel Army Radio reported.

    Hanan Rubin, a member of the city's building committee, said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu requested the cancellation, but the prime minister didn't comment.

    Rubin said the decision was taken in order to avoid aggravating US-Israel relations prior to a speech by US Secretary of State John Kerry on the conflict in the Middle East.

    Israel's Minister for Public Safety Gilad Erdan said it was "pathetic" that Kerry was preparing to speak on the US position in the Middle East conflict.

    "A peace plan at the last minute when he hasn't managed to change anything for the entire time he's been in office," Erdan said.

    "Kerry's speech on parameters right before the end of his tenure will ensure the Palestinians' refusal of any sort of negotiations in the coming years and will push away chances of advancing peace," he said.(ANSAmed).

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