huckabee - AP - Feburary 1 2011
Former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee speaks to the media in front of the Shepherd Hotel in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah yesterday. Photo by AP
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Knesset members, Jerusalem councilmen and former GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee attended the cornerstone-laying ceremony for a new East Jerusalem Jewish neighborhood yesterday. Initial construction plans for the new neighborhood, called Beit Orot and located near the Beit Orot yeshiva on Mount Scopus, include 24 housing units near the Augusta Victoria Hospital.

Huckabee, who was a Republican presidential candidate in 2008, said at the site that it was inconceivable to him, as an American, that there's a discussion over where in Jerusalem a Jew can or cannot live.

Earlier this month, Haaretz leaned that the Jerusalem planning and building committee was expected to approve a new large-scale construction project beyond the Green Line, including the construction of 1,400 housing units on an area between the neighborhood of Gilo and the settlement of Har Gilo. It is expected to draw widespread international criticism.