Netanyahu Re-submits $170 Million Plan to Build New Premier's Residence

Plan calls for construction of two buildings – one for prime minister's bureau and other for his official residence – on 7.4 acre plot in Jerusalem's Givat Ram neighborhood.

Ya'acov Sa'ar

A plan for the construction of new premises for the prime minister will be submitted by the state to the Jerusalem planning committee next week.

The plan calls for the construction of two buildings – one for the prime minister's bureau and the other for his official residence – on an empty 30 dunam (7.4 acre) plot in Jerusalem's Givat Ram neighborhood.

The proposal to build new premises was put forward by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and approved by the government in April 2014. A proposal to purchase an airplane for the president and the prime minister was approved at the same time.

Both items were recommended by a committee headed by former judge Eliezer Goldberg. The airplane purchase was later frozen due to the costs involved.

The cost of constructing the new residence was estimated by the committee at some 650 million shekels ($169 million.)

According to the government's decision, both the building plan and the budget for the project will be approved simultaneously by the security cabinet.

The architects of the buildings were the late Ram Carmi, who died in 2013, and his sister Ada Carmi-Melamed. According to the plans, the prime minister's bureau will be housed in a building of eight to 10 floors, two of them for underground parking.