Before Netanyahu flew to New York in September to speak at the UN General Assembly and to meet with Obama for probably the last time he called Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat. Netanyahu asked him to suspend all permits for building projects planned in the eastern part of the city. Netanyahu hoped to avoid the possibility of American criticism during his visit.
That has given rise to the perception that the Americans, rather than the Israeli government, are determining policy in Jerusalem. “The Jerusalem City Council is effectively relinquishing its sovereignty in Israel’s capital,” emphasized Deputy Mayor Dov Kalmanovitz, who belongs to the religious settler party Jewish Home. “Whenever...
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