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UN Security Council holds emergency meeting on Israeli-Palestinian tensions over settlements

  • In this photo provided by the United Nations, the U.N. Security Council holds an emergency session on the situation in the Middle East, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 at United Nations headquarters. At the meeting U.N. political chief Jeffrey Feltman warned that Israel's plans for further settlements in east Jerusalem threaten the viability of the future Palestinian state. (AP Photo/United Nations, Eskinder Debebe)

    In this photo provided by the United Nations, the U.N. Security Council holds an emergency session on the situation in the Middle East, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 at United Nations headquarters. At the meeting U.N. political chief Jeffrey Feltman warned that Israel's plans for further settlements in east Jerusalem threaten the viability of the future Palestinian state. (AP Photo/United Nations, Eskinder Debebe)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo provided by the United Nations, Riyad H. Mansour, Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the United Nations, speaks to an unidentified woman at the Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East, at UN headquarters, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. The emergency session was called by council member Jordan on behalf of the Palestinians to discuss Israel's plans to build about 1,000 housing units in east Jerusalem, the part of the city the Palestinians demand for their future state. (AP Photo/United Nations, Eskinder Debebe)

    In this photo provided by the United Nations, Riyad H. Mansour, Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the United Nations, speaks to an unidentified woman at the Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East, at UN headquarters, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. The emergency session was called by council member Jordan on behalf of the Palestinians to discuss Israel's plans to build about 1,000 housing units in east Jerusalem, the part of the city the Palestinians demand for their future state. (AP Photo/United Nations, Eskinder Debebe)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo provided by the United Nations, Gary Quinlan, the Permanent Representative of Australia to the United Nations, speaks with Ron Prosor, the Permanent Representative of Israel to the UN, at the Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 at United Nations headquarters. The council was meeting in emergency session at the request of council member Jordan on behalf of the Palestinians. (AP Photo/United Nations, Eskinder Debebe)

    In this photo provided by the United Nations, Gary Quinlan, the Permanent Representative of Australia to the United Nations, speaks with Ron Prosor, the Permanent Representative of Israel to the UN, at the Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 at United Nations headquarters. The council was meeting in emergency session at the request of council member Jordan on behalf of the Palestinians. (AP Photo/United Nations, Eskinder Debebe)  (The Associated Press)

A U.N. official is warning the Security Council that Israel's plans for further settlements in east Jerusalem threaten the viability of the future Palestinian state.

The council was meeting in emergency session Wednesday at the request of council member Jordan on behalf of the Palestinians.

Tensions have soared between Arabs and Jews over Israel's plans to build about 1,000 housing units in east Jerusalem, the part of the city the Palestinians demand for their future state.

U.N. political chief Jeffrey Feltman says the settlements, if pursued, would raise "grave doubts" about Israel's plans for a durable peace solution with the Palestinians. He urges both sides to commit to "meaningful negotiations."

Israel's ambassador says his country is doing everything possible to minimize tensions. The Palestinian ambassador says Israel isn't listening.