Eli Yishai 311 aj.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Israel will continue to build in Jerusalem, Interior Minister Eli Yishai
asserted in an interview with a Shas party newspaper on Thursday.
will build everywhere in the capital of the Jewish nation's
everlasting homeland, and I have clarified this to our American
counterparts and friends," he said.
Yishai went on to say that Israel
did not agree to freeze construction in the capital, adding, "The
government will not give in to American pressure."
"There is not
and never has been a freeze on construction in Jerusalem, nor will there
ever be," Yishai reiterated.
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While Yishai was firm on his stance
that building would continue, he admitted that the issue would not be
raised during upcoming visits by senior US officials.
The interior minister hopes to expedite planning and construction procedures
across the country, but specifically in Jerusalem where the housing
shortage has forced many residents out of the city.
Yishai added that he instructed the Jerusalem Building and Planning
Council to reconvene after days of delayed sessions in order to discuss
the renewal of building in the Shuafat area