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ISRAEL BARS ANOTHER HOUSING PROJECT

Moving quickly to ease Palestinian concerns, the government on Friday pledged to block construction on yet another Jewish housing project in east Jerusalem.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's spokesman said building in the Arab neighborhood will not be permitted, despite a go-ahead from city officials Thursday.

Construction on another Jewish housing project in east Jerusalem in March led to the breakdown of the peace negotiations and Palestinian riots in the West Bank.

"Building now . . in an Arab neighborhood may be considered provocative," said Netanyahu spokesman David Bar-Illan. "The permission may have been given, but the building is not going to take place."

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