New Jewish neighborhood in 'east' Jerusalem to be approved
On December 19, the Jerusalem Municipality is expected to authorize the first new Jewish neighborhood in 'east' Jerusalem since 1997. It's currently known as Givat HaMatos
The first stage of the plan, Givat Hamatos A, was originally slated to
receive the final approval two weeks ago during the biweekly meeting of
the Local Planning and Building Committee, said City Councilor Elisha
Peleg (Likud), a member of the committee. But the meeting occurred on
the last day of Operation Pillar of Defense, and the item was hastily
scratched from the agenda when Secretary of State Hilary Clinton arrived to try to negotiate a ceasefire.
The neighborhood’s final approval will be back on the agenda in two
weeks on Wednesday, December 19, according to Deputy Mayor Kobi Kahlon,
who is the head of the Local Planning and Building Committee.
all connected to Clinton,” Peleg said on Sunday. He was furious when
the item was taken off the budget due to concerns about international
criticism. “No time will be a suitable time [for building in east
Jerusalem] because there will always be the western world getting
involved with internal issues in state of Israel, and they’ll never let
us build,” he said. “We need to show we’re an independent sovereign
state, and we’re doing what we need to do, which is build on all parts
of Israel. We need to stop playing the game when Clinton travels here or
travels there and we rush to cancel the project,” he said.
Hamatos A, one of four stages, will have 2,610 housing units. The
approximately 4,000 units in the four stages of the plan include around
800 units for Palestinian homes built inside Beit Safafa.
We will undoubtedly be condemned for this first thing tomorrow morning. But it's so good to hear people talking like Elisha Peleg....
Labels: City of Jerusalem, East Jerusalem, Givat HaMatos