US Special Envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell has postponed his visit to the region, the US embassy informed the Israeli President's Office on Tuesday. The meeting between Shimon Peres and Mitchell will therefore be postponed. The US move comes following Israel's announcement that the construction in east Jerusalem will continue.
US Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday will meet with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to discuss the recent crisis between the White House and Israel over construction in east Jerusalem. According to The New York Times, President Obama was deeply upset by Israel's plan to build 1,600 new housing units, which was announced during Biden's recent visit to Israel.