Israeli Cabinet OKs $162 million ‘national complex’

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Cabinet approved a $162 million budget to construct a new official prime minister’s residence in Jerusalem.

The design of the building approved Sunday included an official residence, meeting rooms and offices, as well as venues for the Supreme Court and the Knesset.

The presentation called the new building a "national complex," and said it would save money on renting space throughout the city for offices and on shuttling the prime minister from his residence to his office.

Education Minister Yuli Tamir, one of four ministers who rejected the plan, said the millions should be used instead to build classrooms.

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