Israel Revives Plan for 10000 New Homes in East Jerusalem

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 27, 2017

The Jerusalem Municipality appears set to revive plans to build 10,000 apartments for ultra-Orthodox Jews in East Jerusalem, Channel 10 News reported Tuesday.

The 10,000-home plan was drawn years ago by the Jerusalem municipality, but had been frozen due to the strong opposition of the previous USA administration to Israeli construction in East Jerusalem.

Atarot Airport, the planned site of the new neighborhood, was abandoned was abandoned at the beginning of the second intifada some 15 years ago for fear that the Palestinians would shoot at planes taking off there. The airport is located next to the so-called separation barrier that winds through the West Bank.

Settlements are illegal in worldwide law and were also condemned by the United Nations, however, Israel is still continuing to expand 140 settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, where hundreds of thousands of settlers live.

President Donald Trump, seen as more conciliatory on the subject than his predecessor, has nevertheless said that he does not consider settlements "a good thing for peace" and has asked the Israelis to "hold back" on settlement building.

On Monday morning, a 20-year-old female soldier was wounded in a suspected stabbing attack at the Qalandia checkpoint, north of Jerusalem in the West Bank. But Netanyahu has made it clear that settlements are not on the table in any negotiations about an agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.

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