Birds fly over ruined houses at Givat Hamatos neighborhood in east Jerusalem, on October 2, 2014, where according to anti-settlement watchdog Peace Now, Jerusalem municipality officials granted final approval for construction of a controversial new housing development project of more than 2,600 settler homes, designated for construction since 2012. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to Washington and his meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday were clouded by word of Israel's approval of the planned construction.