Construction requiring the approval of Jerusalem’s district planning committee has been on hold for more than a month in all parts of the city.
The construction freeze has been enforced due to concerns about a new crisis in ties with the United States.
Staff members of the Jerusalem District Planning and Building Committee have been instructed to halt their work in an effort to spare Israel further embarrassing incidents like the March announcement, during U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to Israel, of plans to expand the Jewish neighborhood of Ramat Shlomo in East Jerusalem.
Architects have said district committee chairwoman Ruth Yosef is not even signing off on plans that have already been approved, causing a backlog. The district committee has not met for over a month and upcoming hearings have been canceled.
The architects say when they ask about the reason for the freeze on committee activity they are told it is because of U.S. President Barack Obama. The stoppage is even affecting approval by Arab developers for Palestinian residents of the city.
The freeze is also liable to affect plans to fence off the Gazelle Valley in the western part of the city to protect a herd of gazelles that have been attacked by packs of stray dogs.
The Prime Minister’s Bureau said there has been no change in the construction policy in the capital.
«The building and planning policy in Jerusalem has not changed and is identical to that conducted by all Israeli governments», the bureau said in a statement. «In the course of drawing lessons from the incident at the time of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to Israel, procedure is currently being developed that will ensure that an incident such as this is not repeated with respect to the timing of the release of proceedings of diplomatic sensitivity».
Source: Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz.
The Israeli Prime Minister is walking the line. He can not say in public that he has halted all construction in Jerusalem. That would be the end of his coalition government, and the end of Zionism.
On the other hand, Benjamin Netnayahu has been told by the Obama Administration that a silent but facto freeze is a must to get Islam of the back of both the US and Israel.
The Israeli Government has decided to play the Obama gave, that will eventually end up in a false peace agreement. The Bible says when everyone fells they have done something good to bring peace to the Middle East, than destruction will strike them. The return of the Messiah will bring the wrath of God on mankind and the wicked peace makers will be punished and perish.
1 Thessalonians 5:3
While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.