The Prime Minister of great Britain David Cameron admitted in a speech at the meeting of Parliament, which is the construction in East Jerusalem, «really shocking».
About it writes on Thursday, February 25, Jewish news Agency JTA.
Cameron said the answer to the question of the Deputy from party of labour’s Imran Hussein: «Everyone knows that I am very supportive of Israel, but I have to admit. However, when I first visited the beautiful capital of the Jewish state and its environs, taken in the ring occupied East Jerusalem, was just shocked. Israel is our friend, but we do not approve illegal construction and, in particular, in the vicinity of the capital».
Recall that Cameron came to Israel in 2007 and during his visit to Jerusalem and its Eastern suburbs.
The mayor of the Israeli capital Mr. NIR Barkat commented on the statement of Cameron, Recalling that the construction in Jerusalem is not only housing, but also schools, roads, kindergartens and community centres.
«Today, living conditions in East Jerusalem is much better than in neighbouring countries and, of course, than during the British mandate» – leads the publication the words of the mayor.
Barkat stressed that the civil rights of the people respected him podvedomstvenno in the city no less strictly than in London.
«As in London, the Jerusalemites can live where I want, and discrimination on religious, ethnic or gender characteristics prohibited by law. As in London, the idea that anyone is forbidden to live in any given area is just ridiculous,» says Barkat.
The mayor invited Cameron to visit Jerusalem, make sure that the government fulfils all obligations in regard to the Arab inhabitants and to see how much is being done to improve their living conditions. He urged the British leader «to participate in the development of the infrastructure of Jerusalem, because it is much better than to build protective walls, thereby aggravating the existing differences».