The Israeli housing minister has cleared the way for building more than 1,000 new settlement homes, the Associated Press reports.
The news comes mediators for Israel and Palestine agree to further meetings in Washington to try and resolve their conflict.
So far President Obama has watched from the sidelines. Is he ready to engage; to use his own authority, even if that risks failure?
For the first time in three years, both sides have agreed to sit down to discuss resuming peace negotiations, John Kerry said.