In light of Obama-Netanyahu meeting: Approval of construction beyond Green Line delayed

The discussions of the Jerusalem Planning and Building Committee regarding the construction of new housings units beyond the Green Line was canceled today. It appears that the cancelation comes in light of the meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama, which is expected to take place this evening.
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A week after it was announced that dozens of new housing units beyond the Green Line are expected to be approved, the Jerusalem Planning and Building Committee discussions regarding the matter were canceled today (Wednesday) in light of the meeting that is set to take place this evening between Netanyahu and Obama.

The committee was supposed to approve the construction of three apartment buildings in Jerusalem’s Gilo neighborhood today after the plans were put on hold for a long period of time. A senior level official from the Jerusalem Municipality said last week that this will not be the last plan to be approved.

Other officials from the municipality told Channel 2 Online that “the reason for the cancelation [of the discussion] is the meeting between Netanyahu and Obama and the request coming from diplomatic officials to not discuss the plans today in order to avoid embarrassing the Prime Minister.”

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