Silwan poster 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat postponed the announcement of a planned demolition of homes in Silwan as part of a neighborhood redevelopment plan, following a request by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to allow more time for coming to an agreement with local residents.
according to a statement released from his office, called Barkat in the
morning, just hours before the mayor was scheduled to unveil the plan
at a Jerusalem press conference, and asked him for the delay.
apparently concerned about negative fallout, said he had no intention
of interfering with municipal affairs, but that there were many
"interested parties" keen on stirring up a dispute and presenting a
"distorted" picture of the situation.
The call to Barkat comes
within two weeks of the prime minister's own decision to place the Cave
of the Patriarchs in Hebron, and Rachel's Tomb in Bethlehem, on a list
of Jewish historical sites to be preserved – a move that unleashed days
of violence in Hebron, and condemnation from around the world.