The Israeli government has imposed a de facto freeze on new Jewish construction in the city's disputed eastern sector despite Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's public insistence it would not be stopped in the face of U.S. pressure, Jerusalem municipal officials said Monday.
The apparent freeze would likely reflect Netanyahu's need to mend a serious rift with the U.S. over Israeli construction on lands the Palestinians claim for a future state, and to bring the Palestinians back to the negotiating table.
The "disputed" "eastern" sector of Jerusalem traditionally had another name - - the Jewish Quarter. Of course, that was before it was ethnically cleansed by Arab forces after Israeli independence. Today, the world says that Jews should not live in the traditional Jewish Quarter.
Why is America helping enforce the results of ethnic cleansing?