Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who issued a bold statement in support of construction of the E1 area next to Maale Adumim has now backtracked.
Immediately following the successful bid for non-member observer state status at the United Nations, Netanyahu announced Israel’s plans to develop the area, which has remained in the waiting stages for years due to international disapproval of building for Jews in the area.
A report in Ynet indicated that the planning stage of E1 is completed and is just awaiting authorization by the Prime Minister’s office – yet the instructions from the Prime Minister’s office to the civil administration are not forthcoming.
While the prime minister’s office has not denied that is delaying construction, it says it will continue to promote the E1 plan.
About the Author: Malkah Fleisher is a graduate of Cardozo Law School in New York City. She is an editor/staff writer at JewishPress.com and co-hosts a weekly Israeli FM radio show. Malkah lives with her husband and two children on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.
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