Although both sides denied its existence, Israel’s Online 2 News discovered a document that describes plans to regulate the division of neighborhoods and education in Jerusalem between secular Jews and ultra-Orthodox Jews.







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Israel’s Online 2 News discovered a document formulated by Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat with the assistance of his ultra-Orthodox advisors and the city’s leading rabbis, which aims to regulate the division of neighborhoods in the city between secular and national-religious Jews and ultra-Orthodox Jews.

The document, which both sides denied even existed, details the different needs of the mixed neighborhoods in the city and determines which type of educational institution will be built in which neighborhood, starting already from next year.

Barkat doesn’t intend on bringing the document to the city council’s approval, a matter that is highly criticized by council members who claim a deal was formed to advance his political interests.