PM’s pressure reportedly tables talks on E. Jerusalem construction


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Discussions on new construction in eastern Jerusalem have been postponed reportedly due to pressure from the Prime Minister’s Office.

The Jerusalem District Planning and Building Committee tabled its talks scheduled for this week on projects to build nearly 1,000 apartments in Har Homa and 600 in Pisgat Ze’ev until May 5, Haaretz reported.

Discussions on building 942 housing units in the Gilo neighborhood and another 180 in Ramot also were postponed, according to Ynet.

The Prime Minister’s Office would not comment on the matter, and newspaper sources did not say specifically how the office pressured the committee to table the talks.

The move comes ahead of a meeting of the Mideast Quartet — the United States, European Union, Russia and the United Nations — scheduled for later this week.

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