Israel said today (October 15, 2010) that it will construct another 238 homes in Jerusalem neighborhoods that sit atop territory seized during the 1967 Middle East War, thus defying U.S. and international calls to restrain home-building on disputed land.
According to the Los Angeles Times website, the decision threw U.S.-sponsored peace talks into further doubt and ended a construction freeze in East Jerusalem that had been observed since last March.
In the past, Israel has defended its construction in disputed parts of Jerusalem, saying Israel annexed this land. On the other hand, Palestinians claim that East Jerusalem will be the capital of their future state.
Today's decision by Israel is expected to derail the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks that have been taking place for the past several weeks, in addition to souring Israel's relations with the United States and the United Nations.