Palestinians work at a construction site in the neighborhood of Pisgat Zeev in East Jerusalem on Aug. 11. Israel's interior minister gave final authorization to build 1,600 apartments in disputed east Jerusalem and will approve 2,700 more in days, officials said, detailing a plan that could complicate diplomatic efforts to dissuade Palestinians from declaring statehood at the United Nations. Bernat Armangue/AP
Palestinian laborers work on a construction site in a Jewish settlement in southern East Jerusalem known to Israelis as Har Homa and to Palestinians as Jabal Abu Ghneim on Dec. 14, 2010. Har Homa was built on land annexed to the Jerusalem municipality by Israel after the 1967 Six Day War and is considered by much of the world to be an illegal Israeli settlement. Ammar Awad/Reuters/File
Pictured are houses are under construction in the Jewish settlement of Har Homa on Dec. 8, 2010. While the settlements in East Jerusalem are considered illegal under international law, many Israelis see them as being in a separate category from the West Bank settlements because Israel annexed the eastern part of Jerusalem and declared it its own territory, but has never annexed the West Bank. Baz Ratner/Reuters/File
A Palestinian man works at a construction site in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Ramat Shlomo on May 4, 2010. Ramat Shlomo is a large Jewish housing development populated mostly by ultra-Orthodox Jews numbering about 20,000. Tara Todras-Whitehill/AP/File
A Palestinian construction worker carries buckets in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Ramat Shlomo on March 23, 2010. Ramat Shlomo was built on land occupied by Jordan from 1948 through 1967 and captured by Israel in the 1967 Six Day War and occupied since. In a move ruled null and void by the UN Security Council, Israel subsequently unilaterally annexed East Jerusalem and surrounding areas. Tara Todras-Whitehill/AP/File
Palestinian construction workers build a new housing development in the Jewish neighborhood of Har Homa in East Jerusalem on Sept. 22, 2009. Har Homa means 'Defense-Wall Mountain' and was officially renamed Homat Shmuel in 1998 after Shmuel Meir, a former deputy mayor of Jerusalem who was active in its development before he was killed in a car accident in 1996. Bernat Armangue/AP/File
Construction workers build a new housing development with an Israeli flag in the foreground in Har Homa on April 22, 2010. Plans to development Har Homa were drawn up in the 1980s, but were opposed by Israeli environmental groups working to preserve open areas. Construction began in 1997 under Benjamin Netanyahu, who saw building the homes as a legitimate expansion of Jerusalem. Sebastian Scheiner/AP/File
A Palestinian man looks at a construction site of new housing units in Har Homa in east Jerusalem on Dec. 27, 2007. Israel officials say that Har Homa is within the city limits of Jerusalem and that most of the land was owned by Jews prior to its conquest by Jordan in 1948. Furthermore, they say, the land was unoccupied and undeveloped prior to the modern construction. Sebastian Scheiner/AAP/File
Police said the Palestinian man attempted to assassinate Yehuda Glick, a controversial rabbi who advocates for greater Jewish access to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City, a holy site for both Muslims and Jews.
Israeli police shot and killed a Palestinian man in Jerusalem early Thursday, alleging that he had attempted to assassinate a controversial right-wing Israeli activist the previous evening. The shooting threatens to further fan conflict that has been simmering in the city over the past month.