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Israel opens bidding for project in east Jerusalem

Days after the election of US President-elect Joe Biden, Israel is taking bids for the construction of 1,257 housing units in the Jewish Givat Hamatos neighborhood in east Jerusalem.
Benny Gantz (C), A former IDF Chief and the head of Israeli Resilience party speaks to supporters during an election campaign event in Tel Aviv. Israelis will vote in a parliamentary election on April 9, choosing among party lists of candidates to serve in the 121-seat Knesset

The Israel Lands Authority put up a tender yesterday, Nov. 15, for 1,257 new housing units to be constructed in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Givat Hamatos. The tender invites companies to submit proposals for the construction of affordable apartments with a deadline of Jan. 18, 2021.

The Israeli right has been advancing the Givat Hamatos construction project for quite some time now. Together with the nearby Jewish neighborhoods of Gilo and Har Homa, the three would cement Israel’s sovereignty over east Jerusalem. In February 2020, ahead of the March elections, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Har Homa, pledging to build homes there and in the Givat Hamatos neighborhood. "We are connecting Jerusalem. We are connecting all parts of the united Jerusalem, the rebuilt Jerusalem," said Netanyahu.

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