The Jerusalem Municipality’s Local Planning and Building Committee on Sunday approved 324 new housing units will be built in Ramot, and 174 in Ramat Shlomo. In Pisgat Ze’ev, 68 new housing units will be built.

In Jerusalem’s Arab neighborhoods, 49 new units will be built in Beit Hanina and 14 in Wadi al-Joz. 24 new housing units will be built in Umm Lisun and Umm Tuba.

Additionally, the municipality’s District Zoning Committee is expected to discuss approval of 5,600 more residential units in Gilo, Ramot and Givat Hamatos when it meets on Wednesday.

Housing approvals for the northern Jerusalem community, first planned in 2014, were previously shelved amid heightened tensions between Washington and Jerusalem, exacerbated by the recent UN resolution condemning settlement construction.

Deeming the resolution further evidence that the UN is fundamentally biased against Israel, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat issued a blistering statement against the ruling. On Thursday, the mayor emailed a brief video, accompanied by a letter of support, to rebuke the Obama administration and urge Israelis to support Trump.

“My fellow citizens,” Barkat said in Hebrew during the one-minute clip, “during the last eight years, the Obama administration has pushed for a building settlement freeze, he has surrendered to the Iranians and radical Islam, and has abandoned Israel to a hostile UN resolution.

“This week, president Donald Trump enters the White House,” he continued. “Let’s all welcome him together as our friend, thereby conveying a clear message to the world: Jerusalem is Israel’s undivided capital!”

Additionally, the municipality’s District Zoning Committee is expected to discuss approval of 5,600 more residential units in Gilo, Ramot and Givat Hamatos when it meets on Wednesday.

 

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