Israel delays construction of 9,000 homes in East Jerusalem

International community, including U.S., against plan

06 December, 18:09

    The land of the old airport of Atarot in East Jerusalem The land of the old airport of Atarot in East Jerusalem

    TEL AVIV - Israel has postponed a controversial plan for the construction of about 9,000 houses on the land of the old airport of Atarot in East Jerusalem, which is beyond the pre-1967 armistice lines. The plan - which provided for homes mainly for the Jewish Orthodox population - was criticized by the international community, starting with the US. The decision was taken by the construction commission of the finance ministry of Jerusalem, officially over the need to investigate the environmental impact of the project.

    The new district was meant to be built where the old airport of Jerusalem was located - it was closed in 2000 after the start of the second Intifada - between the Palestinian suburb of Kafr Akab and the refugee camp of Qalandiya near Ramallah, the administrative capital of the West Bank. The site was indicated by Trump in his 'Plan of the century' as an area for the Palestinian tourism sector.

    On November 25, when the construction was announced, members of the international community had expressed criticism. A delegation of EU diplomats at the National Palestinian Authority visited the location and Europe's representative, Sven Kuhn von Burgsdorff , denounced that the move would "endanger the two-State solution", separating Jerusalem from the West Bank.

    The US also raised its voice and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke about it with Premier Naftali Bennett, coinciding with the arrival in Israel of the new US Ambassador Thomas Nides.

    Today Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said at a meeting of his party that the government intends to reformulate a policy for the area of Atarot that "does not bring a diplomatic crisis".

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