The Jerusalem District Planning and Building Committee on Sunday approved the expansion of an existing plan for new housing over the Green Line in the Ramot neighborhood. It approved another 56 residential units in the neighborhood as part of a scheme that includes 700 units whose construction has already begun.
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The additional housing will not require enlarging the boundaries set out in the original plan, but will involve increased building density within the area in question – located just east of Ramot, in the direction of the Begin Highway.
“Recently there has rarely been a week without condemnations of the Israeli government by the international community, due to the promotion of construction over the Green Line in Jerusalem and on the West Bank,” says Aviv Tatarsky, a researcher for Ir Amim, a left-wing NGO that deals with issues relating to Jerusalem status within the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
However, he adds, “the Israeli government has adopted unilateral steps that won’t promote the peace and security to which Israelis are entitled.”
Last week it was reported that private entrepreneurs, with the support of the Jerusalem Municipality, are drawing up plans for a new neighborhood over the Green Line, involving construction of about 2,000 residential units between Gilo and the so-called Tunnel Road. At this stage an initial master plan for that area is being drafted.