Israel 'quietly halts construction of controversial settlements in East Jerusalem after pressure from US'
By Matthew Kalman
Last updated at 8:40 PM on 26th April 2010
Israel has quietly halted construction of controversial settlements in East Jerusalem at the behest of America, it has been claimed.
Settlement building in the contested Israeli capital caused a diplomatic spat last month when plans for new erections were unveiled during a trip to the country by US Vice President Joe Biden.
The announcement caused a fall-out between the two countries and led President Obama to 'snub' Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on a return visit to Washington.
Diplomatic spat: Benjamin Netanyahu meets with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden last month after Barack Obama refused to be photographed with the Israeli Prime Minister
Diplomatic spat: Benjamin Netanyahu meets with
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