Benjamin Netanyahu insists building to go on

John Lyons, 21/4/10

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has restated his government’s intention to build new Jewish homes in disputed East Jerusalem despite US opposition. His statement came as Defence Minister Ehud Barak said it would be impossible for Israel’s occupation of the West Bank to continue because of the views of the international community. Both men used Israel’s memorial and independence days to make the declarations yesterday. Mr Netanyahu dismissed a demand for Israel to stop building in East Jerusalem, saying construction had been going on since 1967.