Abbas, Olmert to meet over building in Har Homa

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will meet Thursday in a bid to undo a snag in the negotiations over plans to expand the neighborhood of Har Homa in east Jerusalem, officials in the Prime Minister's Office said. Palestinians have demanded that Israel cancel the project to build 307 homes in Har Homa that was announced earlier this month. Israel insists that the expansion does not violate its commitment not to build in West Bank settlements since the neighborhood is located in east Jerusalem, part of Israel's capital. Abbas and Olmert will meet Thursday in an effort to resolve the issue, officials in the PMO said on condition of anonymity since they were not authorized to discuss the meeting with the press.