The Jerusalem District Committee refrained from approving for deposit the plan for the construction of the new Jerusalem neighborhood of Atarot.

The committee's decision stated that the Environmental protection Ministry should first carry out a survey of the plan's environmental impact.

However, it said: "The committee is under the impression that the plan proposes a proper utilization of the land reserves which have not been utilized to date."

Regional Cooperation Minister Issawi Frej (Meretz) appeared before the committee to argue against the construction of the neighborhood, despite the fact that Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked made it clear to the committee members that he did not represent the government and its views on the matter. Instead he argued for the reopening of the historic Atarot airport.... Read More: Arutz-7