Despite International Criticism Israel Approves Construction of 1,500 Homes in East Jerusalem

Palestinians call plan 'dangerous and alarming'; Jerusalem panel reduces number of homes planned for construction from 1,700 to 1,500, after hearing objections lodged by Palestinian residents of area intended for expansion; Prime Minister's Office: This is not the beginning of construction, just another stage in existing project.

A sub-committee of the Jerusalem District Planning and Construction Committee on Monday gave preliminary approval for a plan to build 1,500 housing units in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Ramat Shlomo.