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Israel to continue building in east Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel says it will continue building in east Jerusalem despite pressure from the U.S. to end construction in areas the Palestinians claim for their future state.

A statement from Benjamin Netanyahu's office Friday said "the prime minister's position is that there is no change in Israeli policy on Jerusalem."

The statement was issued before Netanyahu convened a meeting of key ministers to formulate a response to the Obama administration's demands for Israeli peace gestures amid a high-profile diplomatic row between the two countries.

Washington has been trying to jump-start Israeli-Palestinian talks. It says Israeli building in east Jerusalem, where Palestinians hope to make their future capital, is provocative and prejudges the outcome of negotiations.

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