Israel plans to build elevator to the Western Wall in East Jerusalem

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced a new “five-year development plan” for Jerusalem on Sunday.

Netayahu announced initiatives to attract more tourists to Jerusalem.

“We will establish a special new cable car tourism project starting from The First Station Complex to Dung Gate,” he said, “we will approve building an elevator to the Western Wall making it handicapped accessible.”

The announcement was made on Sunday morning’s cabinet meeting. Usually it was held in the prime minister’s office. This time, Israeli cabinet members gathered at the Western Wall to honor the 50th annual Jerusalem Day celebration which occurred last week.

Jerusalem Day is an Israeli annual holiday commemorating the reunification of Jerusalem.

Israel seized East Jerusalem in the 1967 Middle East War, along with the rest of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

It later annexed East Jerusalem and declared it as part of its “eternal and indivisible capital,” a move that has never been recognized by the international community.

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