Israel to investigate Biden fiasco

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
March 14, 2010 01:14

Israel's premier has ordered an investigation into how government officials announced plans for a new Jewish housing project in east Jerusalem during a visit by US Vice President Joe Biden.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's office said he ordered the probe late Saturday after he met with top Cabinet ministers.

While Biden was visiting earlier this week, Israel's Interior Ministry said it approved plans to build 1,600 homes for Jews in east Jerusalem. Biden condemned the announcement, which overshadowed his visit.

Netanyahu has apologized for the poor timing of the announcement, but given no sign he will cancel the construction orders.


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