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.