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Monday, February 07, 2011

Housing for 13 more Jewish families to be built in Nahlat Shimon

The Jerusalem Building and Planning Commission approved on Monday the construction of13 Jewish housing units in the Nahlat Shimon neighborhood, just east of Route 1 in Jerusalem.

In the past, the US has denounced such projects as hampering peace efforts. The US Embassy had no comment on the latest project.

Jerusalem municipal spokesman Elie Isaacson said the municipal planning committee discussed the project on Monday and it will now seek public comment on the plan.

Isaacson said municipal officials are required to discuss all construction plans for the city but emphasized that the project was being promoted by private developers and not the municipality.

"Discriminating against those who issue zoning requests on the basis of their religion, color or creed would be both illegal and completely immoral," he said.

Palestinian spokesman Ghassan Khatib. said in reaction that "a step of this kind will complicate issues further and negatively affect the prospect of resuming negotiations."

City councilman Meir Margalit accused officials of taking advantage of the turmoil in Egypt to put the approval process in motion.

"My sense is that they know America is busy with Egypt and doesn't have the strength or the interest in dealing with it now," he said.
The property is owned by two American companies.

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At 7:36 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Its going to be a long time BEFORE any Jewish family moves into any housing in eastern Jerusalem.

Today's announcement by the Jerusalem Municipality doesn't change that picture. I have no idea why on earth Secretary Of State Clinton and the EU foreign policy chief Ashton think it would impact a settlement with the Palestinians, which won't happen in our lifetime.


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