Today, the Israel Land Authority announced 6 new tenders for areas beyond the Green Line in Jerusalem. Two of the tenders (one in Ramot and one in Pisgat Zeev) are for the construction of commercial and public buildings, while the remaining four tenders are for a total of 805 housing units:
- 263 housing units in Ramot (TPS 483354). The plan was approved by the District Committee in November 2018 and will expand Ramot eastward towards the Begin Highway and Ramat Shlomo.
- 82 housing units in Ramot (TPS 6576). The plan was approved by District Committee in December 2008. It will likewise expand Ramot eastward towards the Begin Highway and Ramat Shlomo.
- 210 housing units in Pisgat Zeev (TPS 330498). The plan was approved by the District Committee in October 2018 for the construction of 210 housing units in an empty plot inside the existing built-up area of Pisgat Zeev.
- 250 housing units in Pisgat Zeev (TPS 317149). The plan was approved by the District Committee in October 2018 and will expand Pisgat Zeev eastward, pushing it further towards the Palestinian neighborhood of Beit Hanina.
For several years after the collapse of the Kerry initiative in April 2014, there was a significant decrease in the approval of master plans in East Jerusalem and as a result, few tenders were announced. This dramatically changed in 2017 and 2018 with the advancement of master plans reaching near record levels.
Today’s tenders are primarily a result of plan approvals from last year, potentially signaling impending large-scale announcements of tenders based on additional plans which have been approved over the last year.