Tensions have been high since Israel announced plans to build 1,600 new homes in disputed East Jerusalem during a visit to Israel by Vice President Joe Biden, but Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that ties between the U.S. and Israel remain strong.
The vice president kicked off his five-day Mideast trip. Mr. Biden plans to focus on Iran and the indirect peace talks that Israel and Palestine are prepared to undertake. Expectations, however, are low that these talks will lead to an agreement.
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