Israeli embassy gets to stay

THE EMBASSY OF ISRAEL TO REMAIN AT PARKVEIEN

Fædrelandsvennen 2013 01 17

NTB

The Embassy of Israel will remain at Parkveien, behind the Castle, for as long as the Embassy wants themselves. The municipality of Oslo has surrendered its demand over the dismantling of the security wall facing the neighbors.

The Councilor for Urban Development, Bård Folke Fredriksen (Conservative) tells NRK he intends to make a final decision in what is twelve years old controversy.

“Oslo is a capital; this means we have a responsibility towards embassies and foreign offices of representation. Our residents depends on good embassy services, it is natural for them to have security measures for as long as there is an embassy there”, he says.

Nor do Fredriksen find this wall to be particularly unsightly.

“This wall is about two meters tall; only five meters of it is any problem when it comes to cultural protection. Balancing between security and the protection of culture, security takes the first place”, he says.

This case took on a new turn as the cultural heritage authorities approved a security fence of equal height surrounding the Prime Ministerial mansion nearby, making the CPP parliamentarian leader demand equal protection before the law.

 

3 comments for “Israeli embassy gets to stay

  1. January 21, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    As I said before, if one was not looking it would be hard to spot the Embassy, or notice the security wall.

  2. Martin
    January 22, 2013 at 5:18 am

    Hmmm, I wonder whether israel did threaten to pull out? Why the sudden change of heart?

  3. Gábor Fränkl
    January 24, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Martin, ALMOST CERTAINLY, YES. INDEED!!! THE ONLY REASON 4 THIS RETREAT, NOTHING ELSE!

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