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Monday, July 25, 2016

'We're taking advantage of the US elections to build'

The Regional Council of Jerusalem is expected to approve tomorrow (Tuesday) the building of housing units across the so-called "green-line" after a hiatus of several months, in spite of international pressure against doing so, reportsChannel 2 news.

The plan includes 57 new housing units in the Ramot neighborhood of Jerusalem, an area in which Israeli building faces opposition by the international community.

Although the plan had been approved a year ago by the Municipal Council, plans were frozen up until a week ago. Now the plans are being propelled forward with the advent of approval from the Regional Council, which has been resistant to approval of similar projects in past years.

According to sources from the Jerusalem municipality that spoke with Channel 2, the timing of the approval for the project is not coincidental.

"We're taking advantage of the upcoming government change in the US to push projects forward that had been stalled, said the Head of the Municipal Council for Planning and Building, Vice-Mayor Meir Turgeman.

Another source added that "The Prime Minister's silence on this matter is a green light as far as we're concerned."