Barak criticises demolition plan

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Israel's defence minister criticised the approval by a Jerusalem planning body of a plan to raze 22 Palestinian homes in the disputed eastern part of the city to make room for an Israeli tourist centre, saying it lacked "common sense" and "a sense of timing".

Ehud Barak is in the US for talks and his statement comes after the US State Department criticised the plan to build on the site, where some say the biblical King David wrote his psalms. Mayor Nir Barkat's office rejected the defence minister's comments, saying the plan would rehabilitate a neglected section of the city.