Israel plans new houses in Occupied Jerusalem

Israel plans to build an additional 740 apartments east of Occupied Jerusalem and the West Bank in 2008, a Cabinet minister said on Sunday.

Israel plans new houses in Occupied Jerusalem

The Construction Ministry's proposed budget for 2008 includes 500 apartments for the Har Homa neighbourhood in the area.

Plans to build 340 apartments in that same neighbourhood, announced earlier this month, upset the first round of peace negotiations between Palestinians and Israel.

An additional 240 apartments are planned for construction in Maaleh Adumim outside Occupied Jerusalem, one of Israel's biggest settlements, according to the ministry.

Cabinet Minister for Jerusalem Affairs Rafi Eitan told Army Radio that Israel never promised to halt construction within the municipal borders of Occupied Jerusalem.

"Har Homa is an integral, organic part of Jerusalem. .... No promise was ever given to anyone that we wouldn't continue to build in Har Homa, because it's within the municipal borders of Jerusalem," he said.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 23 Aralık 2007, 11:57