MembersThe Trump Effect in Jerusalem

As a result of Donald Trump’s election victory, Jerusalem’s building plans are being pulled out of the filing cabinets.

By Israel Today Staff |
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A TIME TO BUILD? Israel is taking ‘settlement’ projects off the shelf Photo: Flash90

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,” Jerusalem’s Deputy Mayor Meir Turgeman told Israel Today. “We weren’t in charge of Jerusalem, Barack Obama was. But those days are gone, and now we have to catch up on what we have missed over the last eight years. We have pulled the building plans out of the ‘freezer.’”

 

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