Senior PA negotiator Saeb Erekat condemned the decision to build on the Mount of Olives «in the strongest possible terms».
Jerusalem Municipal Planning and Construction Committee has decided to build four residential buildings for 24 families next to the Beit Orot Yeshiva on the Mount of Olives.
This has resulted in another out cry from the Islamic ruled PA. The self-governing authority in Ramallah believes that this in effect creates a new Jewish neighborhood.
Saeb Erekat is a senior PA negotiator. He told media:
« If the Israelis wanted to resume peace talks,they must announce a total cessation of settlement activities in east Jerusalem and the West Bank».
A source in the Prime Minister’s Office said that in Jerusalem, just «like in every Israeli city, the planning and zoning regulations are the prerogative of the municipal government, and it requires no involvement of the Prime Minister’s Office».
Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon applauded the municipal panel’s decision.
«Where Jerusalem is concerned, we have a rock-solid position that is common to many political parties and generations», he said in an interview with Army Radio. «Even if the US disagrees with us – we can agree to disagree».
Source: Jerusalem Post.
If the Islamic forces gets control over the Month of Olives, the Jewish people will again be banned from visiting 70.000 Jewish graves. The Mount of Olives in Jerusalem is of no importance to the faithful within the Arab religion of Islam.
The only reason for trying to grab this piece of Jewish land, is to block Jews and Christians alike from visiting this site, which is of practical, historical and spiritual importance for them.
The Jewish Messiah ascended into Heaven from the Mount of Olives. He told His student He will return to this place. He promised to come back to a restored Israeli Kingdom without a King. His faithful are now waiting for Him, the King of Kings.