02/11/2011 00:33 GMT | Updated 01/01/2012 10:12 GMT

Israel Speeds Up Construction Of Homes In West Bank And East Jerusalem After Unesco Decision

Israel is to expedite the construction of about 2,000 homes in Jewish settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem in response to the Palestinians' successful bid to join Unesco.

Israel also imposed a temporary halt on the transfer of tax revenues which it collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority (PA) pending a final decision on whether to impose a long-term freeze. Israel collects about £630m a year in VAT and customs revenues which it passes on to the PA.