Government advancing Ramat Shlomo project
Amidst international pressure over E-1 and the 3,000 new housing units announced by the government on Friday, the interior ministry has decided to push ahead with the construction of 1,600 new housing units in Ramat Shlomo, a neighborhood well within Jerusalem city limits (located on land that was no man's land before 1967), but which much of the world regards as 'east' Jerusalem
The Interior Ministry's District Planning and Construction Committee
will discuss the project in just two weeks, according to Jerusalem
deputy mayor Yossi Deitsch (UTJ), who told reporters he was pushing the
project to show Jerusalem's sovereign right to build in the capital.
project already became a major source of international controversy as
part of the "Biden Fiasco," when the project was approved for deposit
during the US vice president's visit to Israel in March 2010. Following
the incident, the Prime Minister's Office instituted "increased
mechanisms" to ensure they are involved and updated about all east
Jerusalem building projects. The discussion is set for December 17 in
the District Committee.
Ramat Shlomo is one of five Jerusalem ring
neighborhoods, along with Gilo, Ramot, Pisgat Zev, and East Talpiyot,
which are located across the 1967 Green Line. The District Planning and
Construction Committee last discussed the project in August of 2011,
during the height of the social justice tent protests, when Yishai
trumpeted the project as a way to build affordable housing for young
This is kind of ridiculous. There is absolutely no chance in the world that the government is going to abandon Ramat Shlomo in negotiations. Even the 'Palestinians' agreed with Olmert in 2008 that Ramat Shlomo is staying with Israel. So to say that Israel cannot build there is pathetic.
Labels: East Jerusalem, Ramat Shlomo