Friday, November 4, 2016
The Israeli state is doing it again!
The Jerusalem Municipality confirmed that it had approved construction in Gilo, a Jerusalem neighborhood beyond the Green Line, leading to a rebuke by the U.S. State Department.
The Jerusalem Local Planning and Building Committee approved on Wednesday the construction of 181 new housing units in the neighborhood. The approval was part of a procedure for granting building permits, the last stage of approval before the actual start of construction.
U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby condemned the decision on Wednesday evening, saying that the United States strongly opposes construction in settlements, and accused Israel of actions that "risk entrenching a one-state reality." Such actions, he added, raise questions as to the Israeli commitment to a negotiated settlement with the Palestinians.
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