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Friday, February 01, 2008

More evidence Olmert agreed to a building freeze at Annapolis

There's more evidence today that Prime Minister Ehud K. Olmert agreed to a building freeze at Annapolis - at least in the suburbs around Jerusalem. Olmert has repeatedly denied having done so, but today there is word that the government has 'suspended' construction of a new neighborhood in Givat Zeev, which is just north of Jerusalem. Givat Zeev is over the 'green line' which demarcates Israel's 1949 borders, but it is considered a 'settlement bloc' that Israel envisions keeping in any final 'settlement' with the 'Palestinians.' It's a city and it's largely secular, both of which are unusual for communities in Judea and Samaria.
Israel says it is suspending the construction of a neighborhood in the Givat Ze'ev settlement north of Jerusalem, Haaretz reported Friday. The halt contradicts Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's promise to Shas leader Eli Yishai that there would be no construction freeze in the greater Jerusalem area.

The state's attorneys informed the Jerusalem District Court Earlier this week that continued building of the Givat Ze'ev neighborhood would not be approved. It cited instructions from Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense Minister Ehud Barak to halt construction in Judea and Samaria

The Housing Ministry and Israel Lands Administration (ILA) started marketing lots for the 600 housing units in Givat Ze'ev's Agan Ayalot neighborhood in 1999, but stopped near the end of 2000 after the eruption of the Terror War.
But don't expect Shas to give up their ministries over this. Nothing is more important than patronage money.


At 4:47 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Ehud "Pinnochio" Olmert lied to Eli Yishai about a Jerusalem building freeze? It wouldn't the first promise he's broken in office. Shas doesn't give a damn about its own Jerusalem "red line." I'm not talking about negotiations but about relinquishing Israel's effective sovereignty over its own capital, which is what the building freeze in Givat Ze'ev amounts to. If Shas can't be pushed to tell Olmert their relationship is over over that, they certainly won't leave the government when Olmert gets around to dividing up Jerusalem with Abbas.

Count on it.


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