Jerusalem municipality approves Ramot housing


JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Jerusalem municipality committee approved construction plans for Jewish housing in Ramot, a neighborhood in eastern Jerusalem.

The construction approved Monday by the planning and construction committee includes final approval for 120 apartments in two buildings. The Ramot apartments are part of a plan approved in 2004 for 180 housing units, Ynet reported.

The vote comes a day before a scheduled visit by European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who has been critical of Israeli construction beyond Israel’s 1967 borders, known as the Green Line, because it ruins the chances for peace in the region.

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