Jerusalem city councilman slams building freeze and 'fake news'

'PM promises to build thousands of homes in Jerusalem, but he never kept his promises before.'

Hezki Baruch ,

Aryeh King
Aryeh King
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Jerusalem city councilman Aryeh King said in an interview with Arutz Sheva that he did not believe the reports of the approval for the construction of 7,000 housing units in eastern Jerusalem by the Prime Minister's Office yesterday, and that the Prime Minister has failed to fulfill similar promises before.

"I am here to say that we are already fed up with these promises. We already had a lot of them, and he never kept his promise," King said.

He pointed out buildings in the Shimon Hatzadik neighborhood which Arabs had requested a building permit for in 2012, and which are already completed and occupied, as well as a government office building which was built quickly, while between them three plots which belong to Jews and which remain empty.

"In 2011, more than six years ago, they asked for a building permit," King explained. "And unfortunately, for over five years already, this building plan has been freezed because of a decision which was given by the Prime Minister's office to the district planning committee."

He said that there are other locations throughout the capital where construction projects for Jews are frozen.

"Let's check if [Netanyahu] is really serious about it this time. I think he is not. He never kept his word."