The Housing and Construction Ministry held its monthly meeting the in former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's apartment in the Wittenberg House in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem Sunday. The meeting was held in honor of the occasion of Jerusalem Day (Yom Yerushalayim) and the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Jerusalem.
The meeting, which was initiated by Minister Yoav Galant, was opened by Motti Dan the, chairman of Ateret Cohanim, who thanked the minister and the entire staff of the ministry for the great work done in the security of the Jewish communities of the Old City and in all of Jerusalem.
Dan talked about the Wittenberg House, which once hosted the famous author Mark Twain, who wrote about his travels in the land of Israel in his book, The Innocents Abroad, in 1869. Former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon purchased the house in 1988.
Housing Minister Galant said: "We have chosen to hold the monthly management meeting of the Housing Ministry in the house of the late Ariel Sharon in the Muslim Quarter, in a place where when you find it you know what Jerusalem is."
The minister briefly recounted the historical story of the Old City and Jerusalem, from the establishment of the State of Israel until the city's liberation and reunification in the Six-Day War.