Meet on New Settlement Construction Postponed Due to Pressure From Netanyahu

Due to postponement, discussion on new construction in Har Homa and Pisgat Ze'ev, which was supposed to take place this week, will not occur until May fifth.

Due to pressure from the prime minister's office, Interior Minister Eli Yishai instructed the Jerusalem District Planning and Building Committee to postpone discussion on new construction across the Green Line until after the Passover holiday.

Because of this, discussion on the controversial project to build 980 housing units in Har Homa and 600 units in Pisgat Ze'ev, which were supposed to take place this week, will not happen until May fifth.

East Jerusalem Har Homa
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The Prime Minister's office refused to comment on the postponement. The Interior Ministry said in response that the committee is sovereign and able to discuss any building plan that is part of their daily agenda.

How and in what way the prime minister's office pressured Yishia to instruct the committee remains unclear.

It is possible that the decision is connected to a Quartet meeting which is scheduled to take place in Berlin on Thursday.