The Israel-Palestinian conflict is one of the most intractable disputes in the region, but as tensions flare up again in the Middle East, it seems that the Israeli government is beginning to look to the international community for a solution to the conflict.
A study conducted by the Israeli National Architecture Fund (INAF) found that the cost of the construction of a new mosque in Jerusalem is expected to be around $1.8 billion, according to the Associated Press.
That is $500 million more than the current average for new mosques in Israel, according the AP.
According to the report, in 2018, the Israeli Embassy in the United States requested $1 billion for the construction, which will cost $1,000 per square meter, the AP reported.
The embassy said the mosque would be located in Jerusalem’s Old City, the site of the Temple Mount, and be accessible from the street.
While the UN is working to build a new Jewish state, in an effort to stop the Palestinian uprising, the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has set aside billions of shekels ($10 billion) to build the Jerusalem mosque.
According the report: “According to [the Jerusalem] city’s planning committee, the cost to build an Islamic mosque in Israel would amount to around $500,000.
It’s estimated that an additional 2,000 square meters of the site would cost around $2.8 million, including construction costs and the costs of building the mosque itself.”
The UN is also working to rebuild the Dome of the Rock, a site that was destroyed by the Palestinians in 1967, and has promised that $15 billion would be allocated to help rebuild the Old City.
According in the report that the construction costs would be in the range of $500-700 million, which is not much more than what Israel has spent on a large project such as a new soccer stadium in Tel Aviv.