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Israeli minister promotes old expansionist project in Jerusalem

Tel Aviv, Nov 27 (Prensa Latina) The Israeli Minister of the Interior, Ayelet Shaked, is trying to revive the construction project of nine thousand houses for settlers in the old Qalandia airport, in the occupied area of East Jerusalem, the national press reported.

According to the newspaper, “Israel Hayom”, before this public servant soon departure from office, she wanted to see the plan approved, but the Local Planning and Building Committee explained that it would take longer because the environmental impact of the work is not yet completed.

Given this situation, following the source´s report, Shaked seeks to advance as much as possible with the initiative to leave it in the hands of Benjamin Netanyahu, whose conservative alliance won the recent elections.

In his previous term, Netanyahu was forced to paralyze the idea due to harsh criticism from the international community, which considers the eastern part of the city the capital of the future Palestinian state.

The Israeli NGO Peace Now recently rejected the proposal to build a new colony in the old airport, in an area located between the Palestinian towns of Kfar Aqab, Qalandia and A Ram.

This is a very dangerous plan because it would deal a mortal blow to the two-state solution as it is projected at the heart of the Palestinian urban territorial continuity, the NGO stressed.

According to various sources, some 200,000 Israeli settlers live in the occupied area of Jerusalem and another 490,000 in the rest of the West Bank.


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