JERUSALEM (AP) - The Israeli government has put off final approval of 2,500 new apartments in contested east Jerusalem.
An official says the delay comes at the request of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. There's no comment from the prime minister office.
The official says Netanyahu's office asked that the projects be taken off of this week's planning committee agenda.
Jewish construction in east Jerusalem has become a major diplomatic problem. Palestinians refuse to negotiate with Israel while it builds in areas they claim for a future state.