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  Cheshvan 23, 5778 , 12/11/17

MK Azaria: Barkat is letting electoral considerations blow up Jerusalem

Member of Knesset Rachel Azaria (Kulanu) has criticized Mayor Nir Barkat of Jerusalem, following a report by Israel public television that Barkat intends to demolish an illegal residential neighborhood in the eastern part of the capital and evict hundreds of residents from their homes.

Azaria said Barat "knows full well that this is playing a dangerous game with fire. There is no doubt that the construction violations in all of Jerusalem require attention and resolution, especially in East Jerusalem. But an aggressive move will lead to serious confrontations." She added, "Jerusalem is not a springboard for national politics. It is the capital of the State of Israel. Nir Barkat is the mayor who is supposed to provide service to the residents. He simply cannot use one million residents of Jerusalem as hostages for his campaign."

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