The district Committee on building and planning in the Jerusalem municipality approved the construction of a large commercial centre next to the Western Wall. About this informed the radio station Galei Tzahal, noting that the Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was aware of the upcoming vote.
The website «Pile» makes clear that we are talking about «Beth a-Liba», causing heated debate in Israel, including because a new complex of buildings will dramatically change the appearance of the square in front of the wailing Wall.
«Kip» also indicates that the representatives of religious communities expressed dissatisfaction with the Rabbi of the Western Wall Shmuel Rabinovich, promoting this project, because they believe it is Holy for Jews, a place owned by all the people of Israel, will be given at the mercy of the oligarchs.
In addition, large-scale construction next to the Western Wall and the Temple mount may cause dissatisfaction of Jordan, as well as spark a new wave of Palestinian unrest.
Note that due to the controversial nature of the project, it was discussed at the district Commission twice postponed. Last time this happened was two months ago. The members of the Council have met to vote, when they announced that it was to be held. Radio station Galei Tzahal argued that the cause of the failure of the vote was the call «from above», from the head of government Benjamin Netanyahu. However, the office of the head of the government denied this information, saying that the vote was cancelled at the initiative of the city authorities.