Report shows no immediate need for Safdie plan

There is no need for the immediate implementation of the Safdie plan to build 16,000 housing units in the Jerusalem Hills, according to a report ordered by the Interior Ministry. The study, which was conducted by planner Tomer Gotthelf, said that there were plenty of building sites in the capital, exceeding the expected demand for housing until 2020. The Safdie plan has aroused strong opposition due to the damage it would do to Jerusalem's natural landscape. Over 15,000 complaints against the project have been submitted in the past year, including protests from 14 Knesset members and a range of academics and environmental groups.