During his eight-year term, President Barack Obama put a lot of pressure on Israel to stop “settlement” construction, so building projects in Jewish neighborhoods in the eastern part of the city were put on hold. It seemed to many Israelis that Washington had more to say about Jerusalem than the Israeli government.
Now, Israel is putting major building projects back on the agenda, including 1,400 apartments in the neighborhood of Ramat Shlomo, 2,600 in Givat HaMatos and 3,000 in Gilo.
“The Americans stopped us from building there because the construction sites lie on the other side of the Green Line,”...
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