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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Shades of Yitzchak Shamir: Housing units in 'east' Jerusalem approved day before Kerry arrival

Back in the late '80's and early '90's, we had a feisty Prime Minister named Yitzchak Shamir.

A former Lehi commander, Shamir wasn't going to be kept down. Every time then-President George H.W. Bush sent an emissary to see Shamir, on the day of or the day before the emissary's arrival, a new 'settlement' went up.

Are we seeing it happening again, albeit with the comparatively gutless Netanyahu hiding behind some low level functionaries?

On Wednesday, the day before US Secretary of State John FN Kerry is due to arrive, the Jerusalem Municipality quietly announced that 69 more Jewish homes in 'east' Jerusalem's Har Homa neighborhood have been green-lighted.
The Jerusalem Municipality on Wednesday approved construction permits for 69 new homes in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Har Homa, just one day before US Secretary of State John Kerry is due to arrive in hopes of rekindling direct Israeli Palestinian talks.
The homes are the tail end of large project of more than 1,000 units in Har Homa that was approved in August 2011 and for which tenders were issued in April 2012, according to the non-governmental group Peace Now and Jerusalem city councilman Meir Margalit (Meretz).
The contractor who won the bid on these last remaining 69 homes, had submitted the paper work regarding their construction to the Jerusalem Municipality's Local Planning Committee.
On Wednesday it issued construction permits for the project. The contractor is now authorized to start building.
The Jerusalem Municipality said said that the construction permit was given to a private contractor for a project that had already been approved for Har Homa. It added that city has not right to deprive property owners of their rights.
Somewhere Yitzchak Shamir is jumping for joy at this clever ploy. And we should be too. After all, Jerusalem is the capital of the Jewish people and the Jewish state.

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At 6:19 AM, Blogger Shy Guy said...

It is a bone to allow Netanyahu to toss away Judea, Samaria and the Jordan valley.

Yes, Jerusalem is the heart of Israel. But try surviving with your lungs, liver and kidneys surgically removed.

Netanyahu is not even a bit like Shamir. And Shamir gave us Scuds ("restraint is strength") and Madrid. What are you drinking?!?!

At 9:44 AM, Blogger Shy Guy said...

The ink is barely dry on my last comment...

At 12:03 PM, Blogger israel-environment said...

Yeah, Netanyahu is clever with his bone-throwing, of which most are revoked, like building in E1

He is the one who gave up the heart of Israel, Hebron!


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