Building plan for eastern Jerusalem’s Gilo advances
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A plan to build nearly 900 apartments in the eastern Jerusalem neighborhood of Gilo was approved on the eve of scheduled peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.
The final approval by the Interior Ministry came Aug. 12. The plan now goes to the Housing Ministry and the Israel Lands Administration for approval.
The announcement came a day after the announcement that Israel would issue tenders for construction companies to build 1,200 apartments in the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem.
Palestinian negotiators had threatened to boycott the peace negotiations if new settlement construction was announced.
“Settlement expansion goes against the U.S. administration’s pledges and threatens to cause the negotiations’ collapse,” Yasser Abed Rabbo, a member of the PLO Executive Committee, told the French news agency AFP Aug. 12. “This settlement expansion is unprecedented. It threatens to make talks fail even before they’ve started.” — jta
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