U.S. president-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday chided the Obama administration for its stance toward Israel, shortly before the U.S. secretary of state was to deliver a speech regarding international opposition to Israeli settlement building.
Israel postpones vote on new East Jerusalem homes
Israel pulled back from approving hundreds of new homes for Israelis in East Jerusalem on Wednesday before U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was expected to give further voice to international opposition to settlement building.
The housing projects, in areas Israel captured in the 1967 war and which Palestinians seek as part of a future state, are part of building activity that the Security Council, by a vote of 14-0, demanded be halted.
Kerry will discuss Washington’s withholding of its veto when he delivers a speech at the State Department at 11 a.m. ET, laying out his vision for ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a senior State Department official said.