July 28, 1997 |
A U.S. Jewish real estate baron authorized to build a Jewish enclave in the heart of an Arab neighborhood in East Jerusalem said Sunday that attempts to block the plan are "racist." Irving Moskowitz, a Miami-based businessman who bankrolls Jewish settlement in areas occupied by Israel, last week was granted a Jerusalem municipality permit to build about 65 apartments in Ras al Amud, an Arab neighborhood. "This is not a political issue.
July 26, 1997 |
With Palestinian leaders warning of renewed violence, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued assurances to Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat on Friday that he will do everything possible to block construction of a newly approved Jewish housing project in the heart of traditionally Arab East Jerusalem.
November 4, 1993 |
The newly elected right-wing mayor of Jerusalem said Wednesday that he will encourage such heavy building across the line between the Arab and Jewish sides of the city that no peace negotiators will ever be able to divide it. "A mayor does have an influence on the infrastructure of the city. He can build the city, he can build in different parts of it, he can rezone and so on," Mayor-elect Ehud Olmert said.
January 10, 1989
Israel's Supreme Court cleared the way for construction of a soccer stadium in Jerusalem, a move opposed by ultra-Orthodox Jews who fear that weekend games will desecrate the Sabbath. The ruling, which orders the Interior Ministry to sign the building permit, ended a 15-year battle to get the athletic field built and was a victory for Jerusalem Mayor Teddy Kollek.
July 29, 1997 |
Israel on Monday put the brakes on a controversial plan to build new Jewish housing in traditionally Arab East Jerusalem and agreed to resume talks with the Palestinians on meeting commitments made under their interim peace deals. The Palestinian Authority praised the moves as steps to restore confidence but stressed that a months-long deadlock on proceeding with final peace talks continued.
December 20, 1997 |
Israel will not limit Jewish settlement construction in the West Bank or Jerusalem despite U.S. calls for a timeout, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Friday. Speaking in an interview, Netanyahu said that Secretary of State Madeleine Albright never defined what she meant by a timeout, and Israel will not freeze or cut back construction. "That's not going to happen," Netanyahu said, adding that the Israelis and the Palestinians should be free to accommodate burgeoning populations.