A Blog by the Editor of The Middle East Journal

Putting Middle Eastern Events in Cultural and Historical Context

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

And A Special Christmas Surprise for Bethlehem ...

Late on Monday night. as Christmas Eve was cranking up in Bethlehem, the Israeli Interior Ministry's Jerusalem Planning and Building Committee voted to approve 930 new housing units in the Gilo neighborhood, with options for 300 more.

For those of you unfamiliar with Jerusalem, Gilo is, as the Jerusalem Post notes, "over the Green Line," which means most of the world considers it an Israeli settlement in the West Bank. It lies on the other side of the Separation Wall from Beit Jala and Bethlehem. Another story here.

Excellent timing.

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