Israel to delay new east Jerusalem construction
Cabinet ministers say Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has promised the U.S. his government will delay new building plans in east Jerusalem and free Palestinian prisoners in an effort to defuse Israel's worst feud with Washington in decades, AP reported.
Four Cabinet ministers spoke about the steps on condition of anonymity Sunday because they had not yet been formally announced.
Israeli media reports said Netanyahu also agreed to ease Israel's blockade of Gaza and discuss all major issues dividing Israel and the Palestinians in U.S.-mediated talks.
The row broke out after Israel announced plans during a visit by the U.S. vice president to build 1,600 apartments in east Jerusalem, which Palestinians want as a future capital.