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Israel issues permits for east Jerusalem housing

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JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli planners on Wednesday gave final approval for 558 apartments in Jewish settlements in war-won east Jerusalem, which is sought by the Palestinians as a capital, officials said.

Palestinian officials said the decision undermines fragile U.S.-brokered negotiations with Israel on setting up a Palestinian state alongside Israel.

Also Wednesday, Israel’s chief peace negotiator rebuked fellow government ministers who have criticized Secretary of State John Kerry for his mediation efforts, pointing to widening divisions in Israel’s center-right governing coalition.

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