Gov’t Approves Kosel Elevator Plan

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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu seen at the Kosel tunnels before the start of a special Cabinet meeting marking the 50th anniversary of Yerushalayim’s reunification, on Sunday. (Kobi Gideon/GPO)

At a special cabinet meeting held in the Kosel Tunnels Sunday to celebrate Yom Yerushalayim, the government approved a proposal by Housing Minister Yoav Gallant and Tourism Minister Yariv Levin, along with other officials, to build an elevator that will transport people from the Jewish Quarter to the Kosel Plaza. The elevator will make the Kosel much more accessible to the disabled, elderly, and others who have a difficult time navigating the many stairs and steps that lead to the Kosel.

The project will cost NIS 50 million, to be funded largely by the Housing Ministry and the Tourism Ministry, which raised the money from private and public channels. The 26 meter deep elevator pit will be built on Misgav Ladach Street in the Old City, which is easily accessible for the disabled and elderly.The elevator will be complemented by an elevator “station,” which will feature food business, facilities, and other essentials. In addition, a multi-purpose room – perfect for simchas – will be built atop this structure.

Commenting on the project, Gallant said that “Jewish morality starts at the Kosel, the heart of the Jewish people. Israel is investing NIS 50 million to commemorate the liberation of Yersushalayim 50 years ago. The government today proclaimed in a loud voice that the Jewish people can bring to life their 2,000 year old dream of davening at the Kosel, by  investing the necessary resources.”