Israeli cabinet allocates $2 billion to expand sovereignty in East Jerusalem
(AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
On Jerusalem Day (Sunday), which commemorated Israel’s annual celebration of the "reunification" of the city following the 1967 Six-Day War, the Israeli cabinet voted on a number of initiatives worth $2 billion, which aim at expanding sovereignty in East Jerusalem.
More than 200 million shekels are allocated for educational purposes, such as encouraging Palestinian schools to teach the Israeli high school curriculum called bagrut.
Currently, most of East Jerusalem’s Palestinian students study for the Palestinian matriculation tests, also called the taujihi, which a statement accompanying the plan addressed in the following manner;
“The almost complete dominance of studies using the Palestinian curriculum leads to an inability to become part of the Israeli academic world, and as a result (the students) are unable to enter the employment market.”
The funding will help physically developing and financing rent for those schools that adopt the Israeli bagrut.
The cabinet also approved a plan to double the number of Palestinian academics in Israeli universities and colleges.
350 million shekels are allocated for cleaning, developing public space and business infrastructure in and around East Jerusalem, as well as refurbishing Jewish cemeteries.
Israel's government also gave the green light to a controversial cable car project planned to run between West Jerusalem and the Old City in East Jerusalem.
The nearly one-mile-long line that will cost 200 million NIS ($56 million) was proposed by Israeli Tourism Minister Yariv Levin and is planned to be up and running by 2021.
"The cable car project will change the face of Jerusalem, offering tourists and visitors easy and comfortable access to the Western Wall, and will serve as an outstanding tourism attraction in its own right," Levin said.
"There is no better time than Jerusalem Day to approve this decision and I welcome the next phase en route to constructing this important project.”
Another 47 million shekels are allocated for archaeological excavation in the predominantly Palestinian Silwan neighborhood, which according to the official statement accompanying the plan is meant for “research and development of sites in ancient Jerusalem via ongoing government activity.”
This will “stress to the whole world Jerusalem’s place as the ancient capital of King David and the capital of modern Israel,” the statement added.
The $2 billion initiatives come amid great tension between Israel and the Palestinians over Monday’s transfer of the US embassy to Jerusalem.
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ban teaching the Pali terrorist curriculum in any Israel school. if they want to learn the Pali ways they should move to Jordan or gaza! how can you expect them to not grow up to be terrorist filth if they are learning from Abbas???