Israel Approves 1,000 Settlement Homes

    FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 7, 2009 file photo, an Israeli flag is seen in front of the West Bank Jewish settlement of Maaleh Adumim on the outskirts of Jerusalem. Israel risks losing hundreds of millions of dollars in research grants over Europe's tough new anti-settlement stance _ the heftiest price the Jewish state has ever been asked to pay for continued building on occupied lands the Palestinians want for their state. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue, File)

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    Israel’s foreign minister cleared the way for 1,000 apartments in Jewish settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, just days before peace talks with Palestine were set to resume. Housing Minister Uri Ariel said nearly 800 apartments will be built in east Jerusalem and 400 in several large West Bank settlements. Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has said he would not resume peace talks unless there is a housing settlement freeze, but he relented under U.S. pressure.

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