> Just days after a public rebuke by the United Nations the City of Jerusalem, Wednesday will consider expanding contentious settlements for Israeli residents in the eastern part of the city claimed by Palestinians. The permits would cover some 390 new homes and if approved, would fly in the face of the UN's Security Council Resolution.
Condemning Israeli settlements in parts of Jerusalem and the West Bank, captured by Israel in 1967 war. Palestinians hope to one day establish a state of their own on those lands. Both sides claim Jerusalem as their capital making new settlements in that city even more contentious. Reuter's correspondent Jeffrey Heller.
>> There has been an acceleration of building in East Jerusalem for Israelis, I think it's around 1,500 so far this. 1,500 housing units, that's a jump from about close to 400 in 2015.>> The Security Counsel resolution last week, which called Israeli settlements illegal, infuriated Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Who has accused US President Barack Obama of orchestrating the UN measure. The US envoy to the UN did not vote in favor of the resolution, but she didn't veto it either. The drama at the UN capping off a frosty eight year relationship between Obama and Netanyahu. US President-elect Donald Trump has already signaled that he is going to take a different approach, one that could please Israel's hardliners.
>> He's appointed an ambassador to Israel who actually is a fundraiser for one of the major settlements in the West Bank. And he's also promised to move the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in apparent recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.>> Israel annexed East Jerusalem and claims sovereignty over the entire city, that annexation is not recognized by the international community.
Long standing US policy is that the status of the city will only be resolved through negotiations.