State Prosecutor Moshe Lador on Sunday wrote to Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat saying the Jewish building in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan known as Beit Yonatan must not be made legal in the District Planning and Construction Committee, but that the sealing order issued against the building must be implemented.
Lador praised the mayor for his commitment to implement the order and said, "In the end, despite the differences of opinion, the city of Jerusalem will act under your leadership in a manner that honors the law and the courts' orders."
About two weeks ago, before Barkat expressed his commitment to implementing the sealing order, the state prosecutor sent the mayor a scathing letter saying, 'There is no justification for the involvement of political figures who are not authorized to deal in this matter, in their attempts – directly or indirectly – to undermine law enforcement processes"
In the letter he sent Barkat on Sunday, Lador said he has no doubt that after the City implements the sealing order issued against Beit Yonatan, the Planning and Construction Committee "will work towards enforcing orders issued against other structures in Jerusalem that were built illegally."
Beit Yonatan is a seven-floor building that was erected without a permit in 2004 in the mostly Arab Silwan neighborhood. It currently houses Jewish families associated with the right-wing Ateret Cohanim movement.
Mayor Barkat has made the evacuation of Beit Yonatan dependent on the demolition of illegal Arab buildings in east Jerusalem.