OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– The district planning and building committee in Occupied Jerusalem recently approved the construction of 82 housing units as part of a two-stage plan in Shuafat neighborhood near the Old City.
The Hebrew newspaper Yerushalayim said on Friday that deliberations on the plan had been frozen by the committee prior to the last visit of Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu to Washington for fear it would have angered the White House as happened before.
According to the newspaper, the plan may be small in terms of its size, but it is an issue of great international sensitivity.
The same plan had stirred up angry reactions from the White House spokesperson in 2010 and severely strained the relations between the two sides at the time.
The plan involves the building of about 1,000 housing units in Ramat Shlomo settlement on Shuafat hill, north of Jerusalem, but 82 units were approved last week by the committee as a first stage.
(Source / 12.12.2015)