German chancellor chides PM over e. J'lem construction

German Cancelor Angela Merkel told Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Friday that plans for new housing in east Jerusalem raised doubts that his government is interested in starting serious negotiations with the Palestinian leadership.
Her spokesman said it was up to Netanyahu to dispel German doubts as to Israel's willingness to engage the Palestinians.
She reiterated to Netanyahu in the language of a Quartet of Middle East mediators statement which called on both sides to abstain from "provocative actions."