Two Jerusalem officials were quoted as saying on Monday that Israel had frozen plans for new construction in the city's disputed eastern sector, despite Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's declarations to the contrary.

They say the decision was taken after Israel infuriated Washington last month by announcing a major new east Jerusalem construction project during a visit by US Vice President Joe Biden.

Citing top Jerusalem city hall officials, one city councilman told The Associated Press that Netanyahu's office had verbally ordered a construction freeze. Another councilman said two committees that review construction plans on weekly basis have barely met since Biden visited.

The Jerusalem Post could not confirm the report.

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