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Friday, July 31, 2009

Netanyahu freezes construction in Jerusalem?

Haaretz reports that Prime Minister Netanyahu has frozen construction on a 900-unit apartment project in Pisgat Zev. Pisgat Zev is in Jerusalem, but across the 'green line.' It is no more than a few minutes up the road from me. It is also a neighborhood in which Arabs have purchased apartments. This was done late Wednesday night, when most Israelis were busy with the Tisha b'Av fast day and not paying attention to the media (Hat Tip: Racquel R.).
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has frozen a project for the construction of some 900 apartments in East Jerusalem, Channel 10 television reported late Wednesday.

The report of Netanyahu's order to freeze the project came a day after he held talks in Jerusalem with U.S. President Barack Obama's special envoy to the Middle East, George Mitchell. Netanyahu has been under tremendous pressure from the United States to freeze all construction in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

According to Channel 10, The houses were planned to be built in Pisgat Ze'ev, one of several Jewish neighborhoods in Jerusalem built beyond the Green Line separating Israel from the West Bank.
Time to take to the streets fellow Israelis.

The picture is of a Pisgat Zev apartment that was available "for sale or rent to Arabs only" in 2007.


At 6:10 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Its time for Israelis to defy the government. This abrogation of Jewish rights to build and live in Jerusalem is not acceptable. The riot act must be read to the Prime Minister.


At 7:29 AM, Blogger Joe said...

I grew up in Ma'ale Adumim for the first ten years of my life before moving to the United States, and have always hoped that one day I would return to live in Ma'ale Adumim. I fear, however, that when I return, Ma'ale Adumim will no longer be there.


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