'Gov't can build in J'lem just as France builds in Paris, US in Washington'

"It is the government's duty to build anywhere where there is a need and certainly in Jerusalem and its surrounding area," Industry, Trade and Labor Minister Eli Yishai said Sunday, referring to the controversy surrounding new housing expansion plans in the capital. "The government is permitted to decide to build according to requirements and exactly as the French government builds in Paris and the US government builds in Washington," said Yishai. He said that "if we place restrictions on construction around Jerusalem, we will eventually also need a special approval to build in Tel Aviv," Israel Radio reported.