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Disputed Housing Plan in Final Stage

A controversial plan for a housing development in southeastern Jerusalem was submitted to an Interior Ministry committee, the final step before construction of the project is approved.

Peace Now called on the government not to approve the plan – which calls for the building of some 6,500 housing units – saying that it was a politically foolish step.

Peace Now maintained that at a least a third of the development was to be built on land expropriated from Palestinians.

Housing Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer countered that the vast majority of the land was Jewish-owned.

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