TEL AVIV, 25 NOV – The Jerusalem Building Commission has approved initial plans for the construction of a new neighborhood north of the city beyond the pre-1967 armistice lines with about 9,000 homes largely destined for the Orthodox Jewish population. The location is that of the old Atarot airport, once a Jerusalem stopover, squeezed between the Palestinian suburb of Kafr Akab and the Qalandiya refugee camp right next to Ramallah, the administrative capital of the West Bank. The site – the airport was closed permanently in 2000 after the outbreak of the Second Intifada – was indicated by Trump in his ‘Plan of the Century’ as an area destined for the Palestinian tourism sector. Already in recent days, in anticipation of the decision, a delegation of EU diplomats to the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) visited the site and the representative of Europe Sven Kuhn von Burgsdorff denounced that the move by the Jerusalem Construction Commission – still in its infancy – “endangers the two-state solution” and separates Jerusalem from the West Bank. The plan still has to pass subsequent approvals before eventually being implemented. (HANDLE).