The Knesset State Control Committee will hold a special session to discuss the enforcement of building codes in the King's Garden area of Jerusalem. The area is located in the City of David near the Old City.
For centuries, including under Ottoman, British and Jordanian rule, the Gan Hamelech compound was open, forested space – preserved by the ruling powers for its historic and archeological value. According to historians, many of the most important events in the Bible took place in this area; Jewish tradition says that the Book of Ecclesiastes (Kohelet) was written by King Solomon in the garden that once grew there.
The Enforcement of the Planning and Building Law will discuss the state Controller's report on the numerous illegally built structures in the area. Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, and officials from the State Attorney's Office, the Interior Ministry and the Israel Antiquities Authority will attend.