Israeli govt meeting near Jerusalem site angers Palestinians

"The Government of Israel made the right decision today to make Judaism's holiest site, the Western Wall, accessible to people with disabilities by voting to build an elevator and passageway", said Jay Ruderman, president of the Ruderman Family Foundation, in a statement. During Sunday's meeting in the Western Wall tunnels the cabinet approved a raft of measures, which Netanyahu said would help "strengthen Jerusalem", while also noting the Jewish people's millennia-long connection to the site.

The occupation cabinet met Sunday in tunnels near the holy site for a special session marking the 50th anniversary of the Zionist entity's capture of east Al-Quds (Jerusalem) in the 1967 war.

Senior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat called the meeting a "provocation".

Israel's Cabinet held its weekly meeting in the Western Wall tunnels to mark the 50 anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem. Israel's government yesterday approved plans to install a cable vehicle to Tel Aviv's Old City, a project likely to anger Palestinians and much of the worldwide community.

The worldwide community has never recognized the move.

The fate of the area is an emotional issue at the heart of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

Israeli infrastructure projects in east Tel Aviv and the occupied West Bank draw harsh criticism from the Palestinians and many in the global community.

Israel claims Jerusalem as its united capital, while the Palestinians claim the city's eastern sector as the capital of their future state.

The cable vehicle project has been discussed for several years, with Israeli officials saying it is needed to ease access to the heavily visited Western Wall.

In a war in 1967, Israel captured the West Bank and East Jerusalem al-Quds, where the al-Aqsa Mosque compound is located.

Another example of such controversy occurred last week, when European diplomats declined to attend a tour of new Israeli rail tunnels, because part of the line crosses the West Bank.

  • Leroy Wright