The City of Jerusalem is expected to grant building permits to 300 new housing units in southern Jerusalem Monday, just weeks after President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city.
The expected approval comes despite prior requests by US officials, including special White House envoy Jason Greenblatt, that Israel hold off on announcing new housing projects in the city following the president’s December 6th declaration on Jerusalem, Hahadashot reported.
But following the backlash by Palestinian Authority officials after Trump’s announcement, the US has appeared to change course on its plan for new Middle East peace talks.
On Sunday, Channel 2 reported that White House officials had claimed that the administration was no longer planning to unveil a much-anticipated roadmap to peace, after PA chief Mahmoud Abbas said he was unwilling to consider new proposals by the Trump administration.
"The United States has proven to be a dishonest mediator in the peace process and we will no longer accept any plan from it," Abbas said at a press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron, according to AFP.
The 300 housing units expected to receive approval Monday are earmarked for eight apartment buildings in the southern Jerusalem neighborhood of Gilo.