If current negotiations with the Russians succeed, a large complex in central Jerusalem will be handed over to control of the Russian government.
The area in question is part or all of what is known as the Russian Compound, so named because it was built and once owned by the Russian government. It was originally constructed as one of the first complexes outside the Old City of Jerusalem, for the purpose of housing the thousands of Christian Russian pilgrims who wished to visit the holy city.
Though the 17-acre area in the heart of Jerusalem, between Jaffa, HaNeviim, and Shivtei Yisrael Streets, was once a bustling center with impressively-built structures, it now is used largely as a courthouse and detention center. The Russian government has of late informed various Israeli Prime Ministers that it would like to reclaim the area - at a price of $100 million.
Thursday, May 31, 2007
Jerusalem For Sale!
Do you remember the Mount Zion scandal? Now we have a new attempt to sell our city. Ladies and gentlemen, introducing the Russian Compound scandal: