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Press Release of the Jerusalem Municipality:

Jerusalem, February 12, 2007 - 2007-0225-408

The Mayor of Jerusalem, Uri Lupolianski, together with Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, Rabbi for the Kotel and Holy Places, have decided last night to allow public discussion of the plans to construct the Mugrabi (Pedestrian) Bridge at the planning and construction committees. This is due to the sensitivity of the plan and following meetings and discussions with representatives from eastern Jerusalem who requested to look over the plans and voice their opinions. The decision was made after conferring with Attorney General Meni Mazuz, the planning authorities at the Jerusalem Municipality, the city engineer and (Arab) delegates & Mukhtars from eastern Jerusalem.

It should be noted that despite this decision, the rescue works, conducted by the Israel Antiques Authority, scheduled to go on for several months, will still take place but at the same time the public discussion wt the planning committees will begin.

Over the past several days, Lupolianski held meetings and discussions with various representatives from eastern Jerusalem, together with Rabbi Rabinowitz, and Lupolianski assured them that he will allow open discussion with full disclosure in order to make it clear that there is no intention to enter the Temple Mount or cause any damage to it.          (Gideon Schmerling, Jerusalem Municipality Spokesman;   Contact details: Raffi Shamir, Foreign Press Liaison 02-6297744)

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