woensdag 9 januari 2013

Netanyahu stelt E1 bouwplannen uit

 

Het was wel een beetje te verwachten: de met bombarie aangekondigde bouwplannen, bedoeld om de wereld te laten zien dat Israel doet wat het wil en de Westbank niet zomaar op zal geven, worden stilletjes uitgesteld, zoals bouwplannen voor de E-1 zone al vaker werden uitgesteld. Natuurlijk komt dat niet groot in de media, en de meeste mensen zullen denken dat inmiddels de hijskranten zijn gearriveerd en men druk aan het bouwen is. Dat er tussen de aankondiging van bouwplannen en daadwerkelijk bouwen nog een aantal stappen zitten, waarbij plannen kunnen worden gewijzigd en er soms alsnog van wordt afgezien, weten maar weinigen. ‘Israels grenzeloze bouwwoede’ (de Volkskrant vorige week) gaat ondertussen onverminderd voort in de media.

 

RP

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Netanyahu delays E1 construction plans

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4328468,00.html

Despite statements asserting building in contested area will forge on; PM hesitates to approve projects

Akiva Novick

Published: 

01.04.13, 09:50 / Israel News

After declaring his support for the controversial E1 area construction plans in December, it appears that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is hesitating to realize the plans.

 

The controversial building plans underwent several changes since Netanyahu's statement. Their blueprints were approved by the Defense Minister Ehud Barak, but the Prime Minister's Office then ordered not to file them with the zoning committee at this time. 

 

The E1 construction plans raised an international outcry after the prime minister decided on their promotion as a retaliatory measure to the Palestinian Authority's UN status upgrade

 


E1. 'All planning is set and done' (Photo: Lowshot)

 

In mid December the prime minister instructed the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories to step up the plans' promotion, and a special hearing was held at the Civil Administration's planning committee, in which two plans, for more than 3,000 housing units were approved.

 

The plans' realization now depends on the political echelon's decision – which is still forthcoming.

 

"When it comes to planning, everything is set," a source clarified. "Instructions from the Prime Minister's Office should now go down to the civil administration. I don't know why, but so far they haven't."

 

The Right was furious with the plans' postponement. State Control Committee Chairman MK Uri Ariel (Habayit Hayehudi), was adamant on Thursday: "The halting of the E1 plans by the Prime Minister's Office proves that Netanyahu's statements regarding the settlements are only sleight-of-hand. A day after the elections we'll rediscover the true Netanyahu, the one who froze construction and succumbed to pressure."

 

The Prime Minister's Office did not deny the delay, and said that "There is no change in the decision to continue the promotion of the E1 plan."

 

Itamar Fleishman contributed to this report

Akiva Novick and Itamar Fleishman are Ynet and Yedioth Aharonoth correspondents

 

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