By AMY TEIBEL,
Associated Press Writer
Mon Mar 31/2008
JERUSALEM - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice had barely left Israel on Monday after her latest peacekeeping mission when Israeli officials announced plans to build 1,400 new homes on land Palestinians claim for a future state.
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert vowed to keep building in east Jerusalem and the West Bank, dismissing Palestinian claims that construction on contested land is the greatest obstacle to peace.
The disclosure of the construction plans immediately after Rice's visit demonstrated the intensity of the political pressures that Olmert faces.
He continues to support construction in disputed areas, over the objections of the Palestinians and the U.S., because it allows him to keep his fragile coalition intact.http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080331/ap_on_re_mi_ea/israel_palestinians