With Trump now in charge, Jerusalem plans to unfreeze numerous settlement building plans

The city's Deputy Mayor sounded certain that Trump's administration will allow free construction beyond the Green Line, saying many such plans are expected to be approved soon.
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The Jerusalem municipality is unfreezing construction plans in Jewish neighborhoods beyond the Green Line following Donald Trump's victory in the US election.

Meir Turgeman, the Deputy Mayor and chairman of the city's Planning and Building Committee, said many more construction plans are going to be approved now that the US administration is changing, including 3,000 housing units in Gilo, 2,600 in Giv'at HaMatos and 1,500 in Ramat Shlomo – all Jewish settlements in East Jerusalem.

"So far there have been pressures coming from the US via Prime Minister Netanyahu's office," Turgeman said. "He would always tell us to cancel or postpone plans. This is how it worked for many years. But it's over. Now we are going to unfreeze them."

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