Israeli planners may approve largest beyond Green Line settlement project yet

[ 16/01/2011 – 04:13 PM ]

 

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– The Jerusalem Planning and Construction Committee will discuss next week approval of the largest yet settlement project outside the Green Line in East Jerusalem.

The project, expanding the Gilo settlement’s borders toward the West Bank, will include the construction of more than 1,400 residential units, commercial buildings, roads, and parks, and is expected to attract international criticism.

Political clashes with the US pressured the Planning Committee, which is subsidiary to Israel’s Jerusalem municipality, to pull the breaks on several smaller settlement projects in the area a little over a year ago.

“This is a more dangerous plan than its predecessors because of the mass of construction planned, and also because it is construction on the edges of Gilo and not inside the borders of the neighborhood,” said Jerusalem councilman Meir Margalit.

Yariv Oppenheimer, General Manager of the Israeli Peace Now movement, expressed deep concern that the project would spark international reaction and harm Israel’s already deteriorating status.

It is the largest settlement project outside of the Green Line, exceeding the size of the Har Homa and Ramat Shlomo settlements, which have strained Israel-world relations, Oppenheimer said.

Israeli planners may approve largest beyond Green Line settlement project yet.

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