Why did PM greenlight Gilo housing project?

04.10.2011                      06.Tischrei. 5772

Analyse:

Why did PM greenlight Gilo housing project?

Intervention by Netanyahu on matter is not something that could have been done quietly since Interior Ministry is in hands of Shas.

A decision by the Interior Ministry in March 2010 during the visit of US Vice President Joe Biden to issue a tender for the construction of a new housing project in Jerusalem’s Ramat Shlomo neighborhood, which is over the Green Line, sparked a mini-crisis with the US and brought ties between the two countries to their lowest point in years.
A similar decision by the Interior Ministry last week, this one having to do with a plan to build a new project in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Gilo, which is also over the Green Line, triggered a tough phone call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, but a relatively tepid response from Washington….