Jerusalem mayor condemns approval of east Jerusalem construction as reactionary

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s announcement approving 240 Jewish homes beyond the pre-1967 lines in the east Jerusalem neighborhoods of Ramot and Har Homa, and 600 Arab homes in Beit Safafa, was met by a chorus of right-wing critics on Monday.

Deeming the decision reactionary following the recent spate of deadly terror attacks in the West Bank that took the lives of Hallel Yaffa, 13, and Rabbi Miki Mark, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, condemned the practice of building as retaliation.

“It is a mistake to approve construction in Jerusalem only after a terror attack,” said Barkat at the opening of the 2016 Yesha Conference Monday morning. “We need to build in Jerusalem always.”


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