The regional committee for planning and construction approved the depositing of a new plan for some 1,600 housing units in East Jerusalem, at the Jewish neighborhood of Ramat Shlomo.
Initiated by the Israel Land Authority, the plan (no. 11085) allowed origionally the construction of 1,400 housing units, and the committee confirmed adding another 200 small housing units for obtainable housing for the poor – a total of 1,600.
The plan is to expand the build-up area to the south and west.
This is not the final approval of the plan, and it still needs to be deposited for public objections, and then after hearings and modifications to be approved and validated. Only after a long process, which should take at least 2 years, could the bulldozers start the construction.
Prime Minister Netanyahu should be held responsible to the diplomatic crisis that might torpedo the talks. Even if it was true that the approval of the plan accidentally coincided with Vice President Biden’s visit, still, Netanyahu did not take the required actions in order to make sure that the plan is not promoted, especially when it is a plan which is initiated by a governmental organ, the ILA, and not by private initiators. Had Netanyahu truly wanted to promote the talks, he would have prevented any provocation in Jerusalem.