In Oslo, the capital of Norway, a right wing coalition is the ruling majority.
All of the left wing parties supportd the Plan & Building Service Authority in the Oslo City Council when they now wanted to revoke the right of the Israel Embassy to keep the security wall around the Embassy.The Plan & Building Servcies, despite the recent ruling that the Israel Embassy is allowed to stay in its present location, a decision that overruled both the Plan & Building Services as well as the County Governors Office, obviously didn’t want to let it go at that but now tried to trip the Embassy by rulingt that they are not allowed to keep the security wall.
The right wing coalition have alrady declared their intention to run a more Israel friendly foreign policy if, or when, they come to power in the elections to parliament this autumn. In Oslo, however, the right wing coalition is already now in the majority, and so this ruling, klobbering the left wing Israel haters and the Plan & Building services, are news as sweet as candy.
The conservative party (H) and coalition of the City Council klobbered the Planning and Building Services ruling.
By Andreas Slettholm, Aftenposten
published online 20 march 2013
– We are skeptical about this. In 2002, we granted a temporary exemption, and in 2010 we were clear that this was the last time we gave exemptions such an exemption. I find it very strange that the Commissioner’s view has changed since last time, says Ingvild Reymert (SV) [radical left].
The Israeli embassy security has been a hot potato in the City Council also earlier.
In January came news that the Planning and Building Services will now remove the two security fences around the embassy. In addition to continuous police guard outside embassy, it is namely two walls of 2.10 meters on each side of the embassy plot.
Fences violate zoning in the area and the exemption that was granted in 2010 have now expired. Part of the assessment of the Planning and Building Services was that the embassy has had plenty of time to find new premises or alternative security solutions that do not conflict with the regulation.
The Left voted against
Tonight Urban Development Committee at City Hall, however, overruled the agency. Right, Left and Progress Party secured a majority for giving a permanent exemption.
– I do not feel that this violation of zoning is so large that we can not provide this exemption, said urban councils Baard Folke Fredriksen (H).
Labor, Socialist Left and the Greens voted against, and proposed instead a temporary exemption for 2015, assuming that the embassy by then must have found the new premises.
– Actually, I would not give an exemption at all, but since the embassy is still there, we have no choice. But with a permanent exemption, we have provided the embassy right that they do not need to deal with zoning, says Reymert (SV).
Folke Fredriksen emphasized that since 2010 has made a number of attempts to find other solutions to the embassy.
– Commune Cultural Heritage Management Office and the State Department have all been involved in finding other local and solutions. One of the most realistic option seemed to be to let the embassy where they are, but to take away the fences. In return, we ensure built in a completely different way. But it turned out that the building, for technical reasons, could not tolerate the type of fuse, says Folke Fredriksen.
The case is sent to the City Council for a final decision, but it is highly unlikely that the parties would vote differently there than in the standing committee.