Jerusalem, Alray - Housing Minister Uri Ariel and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat plan to attend a ceremony next week to lay the cornerstone for a new Jewish neighborhood near Jabal Mukkaber, a predominantly Arab neighborhood in southeast Jerusalem, Haaretz reported.
The news of their attendance comes just a day after Economy Minister Naftali Bennett said construction in Jerusalem would resume in the near future.
The new Jewish housing blocs are being built by the Bemuna construction company which, according to its website, has built neighborhoods across Israel for the national religious community since 1995. The company recently received a construction permit after a delay of about three years, which Bemuna officials say stemmed from political reasons.
The neighborhood, designed to include 63 housing units, is planned for the area that connects Jabal Mukkaber and the southern Jerusalem neighborhood of Armon Hanatziv . The housing units were sold five years ago to a group of buyers, and the company had received a construction permit for an underground parking garage, which has since been built. The construction permit for the rest of the neighborhood was delayed due to political pressure, and the Jerusalem District Planning and Building Committee put the construction on hold despite the plan having been approved.