March 26th, 2010
03:56 PM ET

East Jerusalem: A tale of two neighborhoods

With the Israeli approval of further Jewish home building in East Jerusalem comes fresh condemnation.

In response to the most recent development, the final go-ahead for 20 units at the Shepherd hotel in East Jerusalem, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said: "settlements are illegal under international law. This must stop."

Just two weeks ago, news of the approval of 1,600 units in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Ramat Shlomo during a visit to Israel by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden was condemned as "insulting" by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

For the U.N., the U.S. and much of the world, the two cases are the same. But to most Israelis the differences between the two East Jerusalem areas are vast.

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