>> Israeli officials in Jerusalem canceling a controversial vote Wednesday on new homes in parts of the city claimed by Palestinians. Approving the nearly 500 units on contested territory would have flown in the face of a recent UN Security Council resolution calling such settlements illegal. Israel was outraged by the resolution, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier this week openly blaming the US for orchestrating the motion.
>> Friends don't take friends to the security council.>> The US did not vote in favor of the resolution, but the American Envoy to the UN did not veto it, either. That was a break from long standing American policy of shielding Israel from international opprobrium at the world body.
The Jerusalem planning commission said Netanyahu asked them to postpone voting on the new housing units after US Secretary of State John Kerry delivered a speech on the Israeli-Palistinian conflict Wednesday. Mister Netanyahu has every reason to believe that the administration of President Donald Trump will be much friendlier on the subject of settlements.
Reuter's correspondent Jeffrey Heller.>> He's appointed an ambassador to Israel, who actually is a fundraiser to 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 the apparent recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.>> Israel has built homes for hundreds of thousands of Israelis in parts of the West Bank and Jerusalem captured in a 1967 war.
Territories in which Palestinians hope to one day establish a state of their own. Both Israelis and Palestinians claim Jerusalem as their capital.