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.
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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.