The Jerusalem District Planning and Building Committee has filed another plan for the construction of 625 housing units beyond the Green Line, at the northeastern Jerusalem neighborhood of Pisgat Ze’ev.
Only two days ago, the Jerusalem Local Planning and Building Committee approved a private contractor’s bid to build 130 housing units beyond the Green Line, between the Jerusalem neighborhoods of Gilo and Beit Safafa. The plan was previously removed from the committee’s agenda because of political pressure, but was eventually accepted.
Continued construction in Jerusalem is a central issue in Israel‘s negotiations with the US over a document of mutual assurances on the subject of renewing the West Bank construction moratorium. One of Netanyahu’s demands is a written commitment from the US that the next building freeze will be the last.
Sources close to the negotiations said the two nations have reached an impasse on the deal.