Israel to build houses in disputed areas
ISRAEL: Israeli Interior Minister Eli Yishai authorized plans to
build thousands of new housing units in disputed areas of Jerusalem, the
ministry confirmed on Thursday.
The interior minister gave the final permit for the construction of
1,600 housing units in the northeastern neighborhood of Ramat Shlomo.
Other plans approved by Yishai include the construction of 700 housing
units in Pisgat Ze’ev and another 2,000 in Givat HaMatos, both of which
are located on land that Israel seized during the 1967 war, local news
site Ynet reported.
“The plans, which the minister signed over the weekend, emanate from
the dire need to promote construction in Jerusalem, since construction
in its center or older neighborhoods (within east Jerusalem) is no
longer possible,” an Interior Ministry spokesman told Xinhua.
The decision was made days before the United States officially
condemned such construction as a stumbling block to efforts to renew the
Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Xinhua