U.S. President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sought on Tuesday to ease tensions but their talks yielded no sign of a breakthrough. The meeting was unusually in low profile for a visiting Israeli leader. Press coverage of the Oval Office talks was barred, and the leaders made no public statements afterward.
His talks with Obama coincided with new reports in Israeli media that Israel's Jerusalem municipality had given final approval for a Jewish housing project announced last July. The new plan calls for building 20 homes for Jews in East Jerusalem.