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        9/12/2011, Elul 13, 5771

      Respond to PA State by Building in Atarot


      Jerusalem City Council Member Yair Gabbai proposed, Monday, that Israel should respond to the Palestinian Authority's declaration of a sovereign state by approving the building of at least 10,000 housing units in the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Atarot, near the city's airport.

      In a letter to Mayor Nir Barkat, Interior Minister Eli Yishai and Housing Minister Ariel Attias, said the proposal would also address the issue of affordable housing, adding, "The battle over Jerusalem must be backed by deeds, not just statements."