Mideast Israel Palestinians

December 20, 2012 - 2:33 PM
FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 file photo a general view of Givat Hamatos area is seen in east Jerusalem, Israel on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012 pressed forward with the construction of thousands of new homes in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, part of a series of new settlement plans that have drawn worldwide rebuke, including from its closest ally, the United States. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, File)