‘AFP – Israeli plans to grant final approval for a military academy in annexed east Jerusalem have been delayed to avoid tensions ahead of US President Barack Obama’s visit, army radio said on Thursday.
The controversial project, to be built on the Mount of Olives, had been on the agenda of a Thursday meeting of the interior ministry’s district planning committee but was taken off at the last moment, the radio said.
It said the academy plan would not be discussed until after the Obama visit on March 20-22.
The project was approved by a local committee in January but still needs the final sign-off by the district committee before tenders can be issued.
The ministry refused to comment on Thursday.’
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