Aharonovitch not ruling out closure of J'lem parking lot

Public security minister's spokesperson to 'Post': No one solution is being focused on.

August 11, 2009 22:51
Aharonovitch not ruling out closure of J'lem parking lot

Carta parking lot 248.88. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimksi )


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The partial closure of a Jerusalem parking lot on Shabbat, which has been the source of months of haredi unrest in the capital, was raised as a possible solution to the disturbances during talks between Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharanovitch and senior haredi Rabbi Tuvia Weiss on Monday night. "One of the things discussed was closing the parking lot. [But] there is no focus on one particular solution," Aharonovitch's spokesman, Tal Harel, told The Jerusalem Post. No agreement was reached during Monday night's attempt at dialogue, though the two sides did set up a joint committee to keep open a channel of communication. "At the moment, I can't point to progress. More meetings will be held... and I hope a solution is found," Aharonovitch said at the end of the meeting. "All options are being examined to bring about calm," the Public Security Ministry said in a statement released on Tuesday. "Police will continue to act with determination in enforcing the law, and rioters will be brought to justice week after week until the disturbances end," the statement added.

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