Report: E. Jerusalem building plan delayed 3 weeks

May 13, 2013 12:17

Tenders to build 1,500 units in the Ramat Shlomo neighborhood of east Jerusalem have been delayed by at least three weeks, despite Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's announcement last week that there was no change in policy on settlement building in the area, Amry Radio reported Monday.

According to the report, government officials blamed Netanyahu for the delay, which they attributed to "political reasons".

The Jerusalem District Planning and Building Committee approved the plan five months ago, although it was subject to certain amendments by the Israel Lands Administration's, which were submitted to the Ministry of Interior over three weeks ago.

Senior officials said, the Interior Ministry supervisor responsible for the process received instruction from the Prime Minister's Office not the approve the plan due to political sensitivity, according to Army Radio.

The Prime Minister's Office had reportedly not responded to the accusations.

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