The Jerusalem Municipality's plans to build 2,200 new housing units in several neighborhoods in eastern Jerusalem has elicited a harsh response from Jerusalem City Council member, Aryeh King.
King attacked Mayor Nir Barkat's approval of 220 new units in the Arab al-Sawahrah neighborhood in the eastern part of the capital. "This plan comes out of the Arab leftist NGO's," King told Arutz Sheva reporters.
According to the councilman, the Municipality developed this program with the approval of the urban contiguity of the Arab villages that are in Area B of the capital, and thus "In the future there is concern that the Arab villages in Area B will provide the Palestinian Authority with the Arab neighborhoods of Jerusalem and that afterwards it opens it up to become a region unto itself. This is placing Jerusalem's boundaries in serious danger," King stated.