Israeli construction minister Yoav Galant, hours after Trump’s decision, decided to push for a plan to build 14,000 housing units in occupied Jerusalem, including 7,000 units in East Jerusalem settlements. According to Galant’s plan, Israel will build 5,000 settlement units in Atarot settlement on and around Qalandiya airport in the industrial zone of Atarut settlement, and 2,000 units in Pisgat Ze’ev settlement, 5,000 units in the Katamon neighborhood and 2,000 units in the Rechis Laffan neighborhood, In West Jerusalem.
Galant said that “following the historic recognition of Trump, I decided to increase the construction in a number of neighborhoods of Jerusalem,” while a number of other ministers in Israel said that “no excuses now,” and the only excuse that prevented construction in Jerusalem is no longer exists since The American president recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.”
The Israeli mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat, said that the American declaration on the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is “an important historical achievement.”
Labor leader, Avi Gabbai, continued to speak in the language of the Israeli right, saying, “United Jerusalem is more important than any political settlement and more important than the peace process with the Palestinians.”