Jerusalem Approves Plan for Thousands of Homes at Long-Dormant Atarot Airport Site

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A long-dormant site in Jerusalem's northwest corner could become a new flash point in US-Israel relations.

The Jerusalem City council approved a plan Wednesday for 9,000 housing units to be built at Atarot Airport, a site the international community sees as part of a future Palestinian state.

The airport was abandoned by Israel during the Second Intifada, but now Israel has advanced plans for several new neighborhoods around Jerusalem that critics claim would bisect any potential Palestinian entity.

The announcement comes as world powers are set to meet with Iran over its controversial nuclear program. Israel has made clear to the United States that it sees Iran as an existential threat.

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