J'lem local c'tee to debate request to change Gilo plans
The Jerusalem Local Planning Committee will on Monday deliberate the request to change the designation of a plot allocated for a hotel in favor of 130 living units near Gilo, Israel Radio reported.

The municipality had two weeks ago removed the request from the agenda, explaining that the reason was the need of more time “to examine the ramifications of changing the plot’s designation from a hotel to private living units, in light of the city’s policy on this issue.” It was claimed at the time that the committee removed the topic from the agenda to prevent unwanted hubbub in the current politically tense environment, as the plot is in what is considered East Jerusalem, an assertion a spokesman for the municipality denied.

The request was initially made public a short while before Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu commenced in his lengthy meeting with US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton. The committee is bound by law to discuss such a request, which is likely to be denied since the city encourages the construction of hotel rooms, as the capital has a shortage of them, a spokesman said at the time.
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