The Jerusalem Municipality’s Planning and Building Committee decided to postpone the building plan authorizations for about 400 housing units in the Ramat Shlomo and Ramot neighborhoods. The committee chairman explained that the authorizations were halted upon Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s request so as not to provide US Secretary of State John Kerry with ammunition ahead of his speech tonight.







The Ramat Shlomo neighborhood

The Ramat Shlomo neighborhood Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Several days following the Jerusalem Municipality’s decision regarding a program to build about 400 housing units over the Green Line in response to the UN Security Council’s decision against settlements, the municipality’s Planning and Building Committee announced today (Wednesday) that it intends on waiting for the political crisis with the US to die down or at least until after US Secretary of State John Kerry’s speech tonight.

Jerusalem Planning and Building Committee Chairman Meir Turgeman explained that the authorizations were postponed upon Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s request so as not to provide Kerry with more ammunition. Turgeman announced at the beginning of the committee meeting this morning that the program authorization for 390 new housing units in the Ramat Shlomo and Ramot neighborhoods, which are located over the Green Line, was to be removed from the meeting agenda.

Estimates suggest that the program will once again be brought forth for approval in two weeks or, at the latest, following President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration on January 20th. Aside from postponing the program authorization for Ramat Shlomo and Ramot, the Jerusalem Municipality also decided to halt all building plans in East Jerusalem Arab neighborhoods such as Beit Hanina.