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April 28, 2017 1:03 pm

Report: Israel Plans to Build 10,000 Housing Units in New Jerusalem Neighborhood Across Green Line

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The abandoned Atarot Airport, whose entrance is pictured here, will be the site of a newly constructed neighborhood in Jerusalem. Photo: Ori via Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – Israel’s Housing Ministry has reportedly revived a plan to construct 10,000 housing units in a new neighborhood in Jerusalem.

The plan for the neighborhood was formulated by the Jerusalem municipality several years ago, but was frozen due to the Obama administration’s strong disapproval of Israeli construction beyond the 1967 armistice lines.

The plan was revived following President Donald Trump’s inauguration in January and is due to be made public in May, Israel’s Channel 10 reported this week.

The neighborhood is slated to be built near the West Bank security barrier close to the Qalandiya checkpoint, at the abandoned Atarot Airport, which was deserted during the Second Intifada.

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Additional sites designated for construction under the plan include Jewish-owned areas west of the airport across the Green Line.

The proposed neighborhood is intended to provide housing for haredi Israelis, yet leaders of that community have expressed concerns regarding the neighborhood’s close proximity to areas with large Palestinian populations and its distance from the center of Jerusalem.

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