March 9, 2010 5:58 PM

Israel rebuffs Biden's peace bid with new settlement homes

Just hours after Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Israel to help launch indirect Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, Israel announced the construction of 1,600 homes in mostly Arab East Jerusalem, an open rebuff that led Biden to issue a sharply worded condemnation. "The substance and timing of the announcement . . . is precisely the kind of step that undermines the trust we need right now," he said.

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