Israel lifts restrictions on building more homes in East Jerusalem

by Ori Lewis | Reuters
January 23, 2017

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has told senior ministers he is lifting restrictions on settlement building in East Jerusalem, a statement said on Sunday, immediately after the city’s municipal government approved permits for the building of hundreds of new homes in the area.

“There is no longer a need to coordinate construction in the Jewish neighborhoods in East Jerusalem. We can build where we want and as much as we want,” the statement quoted Netanyahu as saying, adding that he also intended to allow the start of building in the West Bank.

“My vision is to enact sovereignty over all the settlements,” the statement also said, pointing to Netanyahu’s apparent bid to win greater support from settlers and appeal to a right-wing coalition partner.

3 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Tiger says:

    For all those wondering about where the capital of Israel is. America has known and had a Bill to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem for years. I feel sure Trump knows this and look to May for it to be done.

    Here is a taste of the law.

    Public Law No: 104-45 (11/08/1995)

    [104th Congress Public Law 45]
    [From the U.S. Government Printing Office]

    [DOCID: f:publ45.104]

    Public Law 104-45
    104th Congress

    An Act

    To provide for the relocation of the United States Embassy in Israel to
    Jerusalem, and for other purposes. <<NOTE: Nov. 8, 1995 – [S. 1322]>>

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
    United States of America in Congress assembled, <<NOTE: Jerusalem
    Embassy Act of 1995. Foreign relations.>>

  • Tiger says:

    It is their land and they should never have had to ask permission from anyone to build on it.

    If the world insisted that America give back Texas, California, Colorado to Mexico you think they would do it?

    You go Israel.

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