Barkat denounces government plan to build housing complex on capital’s nature preserve

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat on Tuesday condemned a proposal by the government to build a large residential apartment complex on the capital’s Mitzpeh Naftoah nature park, located south of Ramot.

In an announcement on Monday, the Housing Ministry stated that the reserve represented a “priority area” for housing considerations, and would be rezoned to make room for some 1,400 apartments.

When Environmental Protection Minister Avi Gabai said he supported the move after a blueprint was presented by the Israel lands Authority without Barkat’s knowledge, the mayor issued a strongly-worded statement accusing the authority of “crudely thumbing its nose at the municipality’s policy.”


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