Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Old East Jerusalem To Be Rebuilt - The Jerusalem Marshall Plan

Jerusalem's Marshall Plan – Why Now?

With an estimated budget of $50 million the plan is supposed to change the face of eastern Jerusalem, which until now has been largely neglected.

Among the main elements of the program will be the development of eastern Jerusalem's main business center through the encouragement of tourism, cultural activities, education, commerce and housing projects. Infrastructure will be upgraded, public gardens created and streetlights erected.

Sounds good? Not to all.

It seems there are many skeptics around, including intellectuals, members of the opposition in the Jerusalem municipality, and people in the street. Some question the timing of the announcement; some say it is simply a gimmick that will never be implemented.

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