Thursday, August 11, 2011

Israel approves 1,600 East Jerusalem settler homes

Interior minister ties final go-ahead to protests over housing prices, cost of living that have shaken Israel in recent weeks.
Middle East Online, Aug. 11, 2011

Construction of more settler homes to be announced in a couple of days

JERUSALEM – Israel’s interior minister Eli Yishai has given final approval for the construction of 1,600 new settler homes in east Jerusalem, his spokesman said on Thursday.

Roei Lachmanovich also said the interior minister was set to give final approval for another 2,700 settler homes in east Jerusalem neighbourhoods in “a couple of days.”

“He has approved 1,600 homes in Ramat Shlomo and will approve 2,000 more in Givat Hamatos and 700 in Pisgat Zeev,” Lachmanovich said.

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