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Insufficient Government Funds Bogs Down East Jerusalem Building Plans

Insufficient government funding and difficulties in expropriation of building sites were listed last night by Mayor Teddy Kollek as the main reasons why building plans in East Jerusalem were six months behind schedule.

Reporting to the Knesset economic committee, the Mayor blamed lack of funds as the main reason for the delay in the area’s social and economic progress. He urged both an increase in budgets of Government departments involved in Jerusalem and a special fund for the municipality to help it handle “the great financial load” which its new situation had imposed. He declared that the Government agencies still took the pre-1967 situation as the starting point for their consideration of Jerusalem’s needs, while the present situation required “a completely new evaluation” of the city’s significance and needs.