Knesset session 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
In honor of Jerusalem Day, the Knesset Economics Committee held a special
session on Wednesday morning to discuss moving government offices from Tel Aviv
to Jerusalem, to create jobs in the capital.
The political activist group
Hitorerut Yerushalayim (Awakening Jerusalem) estimated that if satellite
government offices, such as the personal offices of three ministers, were
transferred to Jerusalem, it would provide an additional 3,500 jobs to the
At the session, members of the Jerusalem city council
argued with the Interior Ministry about whether the ministry should implement
additional procedures to make it more difficult for government buildings to get
approved for building outside the capital.
In response, the Finance
Ministry said it would publish tenders for three new government buildings in
Jerusalem: a new State Comptroller’s Office building and two towers at the
entrance of the city for general government workers from a variety of branches.