J'lem to approve new Jewish neighborhood in e. Jerusalem

December 2, 2012 22:10

The Jerusalem Municipality is expected to give their final approval to a new Jewish neighborhood in southeast Jerusalem called Givat Hamatos, the first completely detached new Jewish neighborhood over the Green Line since the construction of Har Homa in 1997. Givat Hamatos will be located between Talpiyot and Beit Safafa.

The first stage of the plan, Givat Hamatos A, was originally slated to receive the final approval two weeks ago during the biweekly meeting of the Local Planning and Building Committee, said City Councilor Elisha Peleg (Likud), a member of the committee. But the meeting occurred on the last day of Operation Pillar of Defense, and the item was hastily scratched from the agenda when Secretary of State Hilary Clinton arrived to try to negotiate a ceasefire.

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