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Shocking: Zero East Jerusalem Housing Starts in 2013, Only 43 in 2012

Prime Minister Netanyahu is functioning as an agent of U.S. foreign policy and Palestinian expansion.
Minister of Housing and Construction Uri Ariel (L) and Mayor Benny Kasriel speaking to the press at the E1 area between Jerusalem and the Kasriel's town of Ma'aleh Adumim. A lot of talk – zero construction so far.

Minister of Housing and Construction Uri Ariel (L) and Mayor Benny Kasriel speaking to the press at the E1 area between Jerusalem and the Kasriel's town of Ma'aleh Adumim. A lot of talk – zero construction so far.
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Since the beginning of 2013, not a single housing unit was built in East Jerusalem, Housing and Construction Minister Uri Ariel told Army Radio last week. “The figures speak for themselves,” Ariel said. “You should ask the prime minister’s office about it.”

Prime Minister Netanyahu for his part said last week that, regarding construction in east Jerusalem, Israel is better off “being smart and not being right.” And so, in line with that statement, there has been a standing order from the PM, given under heavy American pressure and in accordance with a vehement recommendation from NSC chief Ya’akov Amidror, Minister Ariel has not been given a green light to issue new construction bids in East Jerusalem.

There is a construction freeze in the settlement blocks of Judea and Samaria as well, but the freeze in Jerusalem is particularly dramatic, in light of the fact that it has been lingering through the second term of what is supposed to be a right wing government.

Moreover, the halt on Jewish construction in the E1 area, which lies between the Ma’ale Adumim cluster and the Jerusalem municipality, has created a vacuum that’s invaded by Arab settlers.

A new report which will be issued this week by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs is warning that continued construction freeze in E1 could eliminate the plans for a territorial contiguity between Ma’ale Adumim and Jerusalem.

The report, Understanding Israeli Interests in the E1 Area: Contiguity, Security, and Jerusalem, by former Ha’aretz reporter Nadav Shragai, explains that the opposition to building in E1 is unacceptable to Israel, since in the area between Ma’ale Adumim and Jerusalem, along the Jerusalem-Jericho road and in the E1 area, a considerable amount of illegal Palestinian construction is in progress. This illegal activity has already significantly narrowed the corridor along which the central arterial road between Jerusalem and Ma’ale Adumim runs – from two kilometers to one kilometer. The illegal construction already threatens to sever and, in the future, preclude Israeli continuity between the two cities.

Israeli avoidance of creating settlement continuity between the Jerusalem area and the Ma’ale Adumim area will inevitably give rise to another, competing, Palestinian continuity running north to south, warns the report.

It continues:

There is an almost complete Israeli consensus on the need to link Ma’ale Adumim to Jerusalem via construction in E1, and on the need to retain this territory under Israeli sovereignty within the country’s permanent borders.

Six prime ministers, from Rabin to Netanyahu, declared publicly that they would build in E1. Yet, except for the construction of the Judea-Samaria District police station, the process has not even begun because of the international community’s opposition.

Time after time, Israeli leaders proclaim their commitment to Ma’ale Adumim and the building of E1. These same leaders, however, show great deference to the position of the United States, which currently seeks to prevent construction in this area. This behavior entails a built-in contradiction: on the one hand, the message is conveyed that Israel will build in E1 because it is so vital to its interests; on the other, through nonpublic diplomatic channels, world leaders receive another message – that meanwhile Israel will bow to the international community’s opposition to this construction. This behavior makes it very difficult for those involved in Israeli public advocacy to address the world’s and the Palestinians’ objections to the E1 plan.

Sadly, when it comes to fulfilling his promises on renewing Jewish construction in east Jerusalem, Prime Minister Netanyahu is functioning not so much as a “smart rather than right” leader, but as an agent of U.S. foreign policy, as well as an agent for a Palestinian takeover of the Jewish Area C in Judea and Samaria.

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About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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14 Responses to “Shocking: Zero East Jerusalem Housing Starts in 2013, Only 43 in 2012”

  1. Tarek Saba says:

    go back to poland , land thieves.

  2. This will be bad for Arabs when their activity will have to be undone and they removed.

  3. This will be bad for Arabs when their activity will have to be undone and they removed.

  4. Yori Yanover says:

    Tarek Saba – I don't think you belong here. Kindly refrain from using this kind of language or you'll be banned. If you have a substantial contribution to the discussion, fine, otherwise please restrain yourself.

  5. Yori Yanover says:

    Tarek Saba – I don't think you belong here. Kindly refrain from using this kind of language or you'll be banned. If you have a substantial contribution to the discussion, fine, otherwise please restrain yourself.

  6. In the neighborhood of Shimon Hatzadik there is a Jewish owned land right next to a Arab property. Jews submit the same building plan as the Arab and the Jew does not get a hearing before the zoning and planning committee. this is discrimination at its best.If Jews can not build in their capital under LIkud when will they ever be able to develop. Netanyahu is a disaster and the silence of Likud is unforgivable.

  7. In the neighborhood of Shimon Hatzadik there is a Jewish owned land right next to a Arab property. Jews submit the same building plan as the Arab and the Jew does not get a hearing before the zoning and planning committee. this is discrimination at its best.If Jews can not build in their capital under LIkud when will they ever be able to develop. Netanyahu is a disaster and the silence of Likud is unforgivable.

  8. Dafna Yee says:

    The actions of the PA that caused Netanyahu to announce that Israel will build new homes in both Jerusalem and Judea/Samaria, are as provocative as ever, yet Netanyahu has AGAIN broken his word to Israelis in favor of the Palestinians and the non-existent "peace process!"

  9. Rachamim Dwek says:

    Tarek Saba: I am a man whose family lived in Hebron since at least the 9th Century, and probably since the Biblical Era. In 1929 my father’s family was slaughtered, and my father- an infant- slashed on both arms and his face. Then our Arab “neighbours” stole all our property before desecrating the mass grave containing my family’s bodies. Shall I go to Poland too?

    When the first Arab stepped onto the historical stage in 854 BCE/BC, Jews had already had their nation for more than 400 years. When the Arabs first arrived in their racist and brutally violent invasioin in 636 CE/AD, we Jews had already had 1,433 years of sovereignity, collectively. Yet here is an Arab labeling Jews as “Land Thieves” and advising them to “go to Poland.”

    Arabs have 21 nations- including Jordan, a nation sitting on 77% of the Jewish Homeland and populated by “Palestinians.” In Jerusalem, a city never mentioned in the Qur’an even once, Muslims control the Temple Mount, Judaism’s holiest shrine and only do so because Jews allow it. Jews are the only people in known history to give a declared enemy full control over their holiest religious and most revered historical site. That garish yellow dome atop the Temple Mount sits as a testament to the compassion of the Jewish people and yet an Arab calls Jews “Land thieves.” An Arab, whose ancestors raped and pillaged from China to Morocco and who exterminated countless cultures and religions as THEY stole most of the known world. Thanks for the advice Tarek.

  10. Michael K-n says:

    Will life without Jews become better? Hardly, because none to blame for own stupidity.

    Thank you for your comment, Tarik.
    M. Kerjman

  11. Moishe Sachs says:

    The only land thieves west of the Jordan River according to all international law are the genocidal Arab Muslims, you ignorant evil scum.

  12. Moishe Sachs says:

    This is a silly headline because Israel's leaders have spent the past 67 years, particularly the last 46, fighting Israel and empowering, enabling, & enriching Israel's genocidal enemies, the Arab Muslims illegally, immorally allowed by Israel's suicidal leaders to live west of the Jordan River. Since 1967, Israel's leaders have preferred the murder, dismemberment, & loss of properties of tens of thousands of innocent people rather than simply exercising her legal right to repatriate these genocidal scum back to Jordan & Egypt. Doubt they're scum? Then you aren't paying attention to the trail of genocidal hatred & murder they've left, some of which is exposed on a regular basis at palwatch.org.

  13. too bad Jews are worried about what the gentile thinks, instead of doing what is in their self-interest – a malady brought about by a 2000 year exile.

  14. Yes – Bitachon in Hashem is always a Better Option~!

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