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Israel freezes plan for East Jerusalem settlement project

The decision to delay the approval of a new settlement followed a phone call between US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.

An Israeli state planning commission on Monday halted plans for a controversial settlement project in East Jerusalem, amid pressure from the Biden administration and activists who blasted the housing plan as an obstacle to peace. 

The Israeli government had backed a plan to build more than 9,000 new houses at Atarot, a proposed settlement located near the site of the abandoned airport and the Palestinian town of Qalandia.   

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