Jordan’s King Abdullah warns against ‘settlement’ building in Jerusalem (TIMES OF ISRAEL) By SAM SER and HILARY ZAKEN 05/02/12)
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Monarch reacts to plan for 1,100 hotel rooms in Givat Hamatos
Jordan’s King Abdullah criticized Israel on Wednesday for plans to
build some 1,100 hotel rooms in the southern Jerusalem neighborhood
of Givat Matos, Israel Radio reported.
Abdullah warned Israel, according to the report, that its policy of
taking unilateral steps in Palestinian-claimed land would increase
tensions and destabilize the region.
A day earlier, the Palestinian Authority and left-wing group Peace
Now criticized the announcement by Jerusalem’s City Hall of the hotel
The municipality had already approved the construction of 2,610
housing units in Givat Hamatos, which is located between the
neighborhoods of Talpiot, Beit Safafa and Gilo, and another plan to
build an additional 1,400 housing units is currently awaiting final
On Monday, the city submitted its plans for the hotel rooms to the
Planning and Building Committee. The rooms are to be built in an
existing delapidated building, Israel Radio said.
Palestinian sources said approval of the project undermined the
government’s claims of being committed to a viable two-state
solution. (© 2012 THE TIMES OF ISRAEL 05/02/12)
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