Jewish housing in E. Jerusalem gets panel’s backing


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Jerusalem’s planning commission approved the construction of 124 apartments in two Jewish eastern Jerusalem neighborhoods.

The approvals issued Monday are for 92 apartments in a 12-story building in the Talipiot East neighborhood and 32 apartments in four buildings in Pisgat Zeev East

Meanwhile, the committee is expected to approve a plan next week to build 1,400 homes in Gilo, a Jewish neighborhood located over the Green Line in southwest Jerusalem. The plan will come before the commission on Jan. 24, according to reports.

"This is a confirmation of the death of the peace process," Jerusalem Council member Meir Margalit of the Meretz Party told Army Radio on Sunday.

The plan for the 1,400 homes is a private venture that includes commercial buildings, roads and parks, according to Haaretz. It could take up to four years to complete, according to reports.

Gilo has a population of about 40,000 Israelis.

A plan approved last year to construct 900 apartments in Gilo met with opposition from the United States and the international community.


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