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East Jerusalem at the Beginning of 2015: Things to Watch


During the last quarter of 2014, a constellation of factors combined to make the outlook for a stable Jerusalem and for the two-state solution extremely perilous. East Jerusalem erupted in violent protests on a nightly basis, with Palestinian terror spilling over into West Jerusalem and Israeli vigilantism against the Palestinians a daily event. Netanyahu gave the green light for the final approval of the construction of the new and game-changing Givat Hamatos settlement neighborhood. Events in and around the Temple Mount seemed to be inexorably escalating towards a violent clash.
Since the beginning of 2015, a number of modest, but significant developments may indicate a pulling back from the brink – at least for now.
  • Violence in Jerusalem. The scope and intensity of violence throughout East Jerusalem has significantly declined in recent weeks, perhaps indicating that this current round of violence has spent itself. But that violence has hardly disappeared. Assaults against Israelis continue and Palestinians – Egged bus drivers, cabbies, visitors to West Jerusalem – are abused daily and at times assaulted.  If a month ago East Jerusalem was in flames, today it is smoldering – and could erupt again at any moment. 
  • Temple Mount/Haram al Sharif: While the details of the arrangements hammered out by King Abdallah, Secretary Kerry and Prime Minister Netanyahu at their November 13, 2014 meeting have not been made public, these arrangements have clearly had a salutary effect. Tensions have notably declined. Jewish visitors are being allowed to visit the Mount in modest numbers and in groups no larger than five. The Mount has been kept open for Muslim worshipers, regardless of age. The most persistent provocateurs, like MKs Moshe Feiglin and Miri Regev, have refrained from visits to the Mount – something that cannot be accidental, even if the reasons for them refraining from such visits is not known. As with the Jerusalem violence, this relative calm is deceptive and can be short-lived. Recent and ongoing developments – like the recent arrest of an American who had stockpiled explosives with which to blow up the mosques, the closing of Islamic associations focusing on protection of the mosques, and the continued campaign to allow for Jewish prayer on the Mount – all demonstrate how volatile the situation remains.
  • East Jerusalem Settlements: in the past, Netanyahu’s responses to Palestinian moves in the international arena have invariably involved punitive actions regarding settlements, particularly in East Jerusalem. This time around, however, the Prime Minister’s Office leaked that Israel’s response to the Palestinians signing the Rome Statute would be harsh (and in suspending the transfer of tax revenues, indeed it was), but would not involve settlements. There most plausible explanation for this decision is that Netanyahu took seriously warnings from friends in the international community, and possibly from within his own intelligence and security agencies, about the likely dire consequences new settlement actions would have for Israel. He may also have recognized that going the settlement route could have cost him during the ongoing electoral campaign, with opponents able to argue that Netanyahu had lost the moral high ground and further compromised relations with Washington and Israel’s European allies by needlessly shifting focus away from the Palestinians’ “unilateral” strategy to Israel’s settlement policy. In this regard, Netanyahu is not weighing Israel’s international interests against his own domestic political interests as much as he is weighing the potential benefits of settlement expansion with his ideological base against the electoral damage he would sustain as a result of an international firestorm that would likely result from such an expansion.

These are all encouraging and noteworthy developments. However, it would be dangerous for anyone to allow these developments to lull them into complacency: the situation in Jerusalem remains extremely volatile. None of the underlying causes destabilizing Jerusalem has disappeared. None of the threats to the two-state solution in Jerusalem have been significantly mitigated, much less removed. The absence of any anticipated political horizon itself makes matters all the more dangerous: it is no accident that the second Intifada broke out after the collapse of the Camp David talks, and that the Jerusalem violence erupted after the failure of the Kerry initiative. And in the absence of a prospect for any political forward movement, the Palestinian moves in the international arena will likely intensify, increasingly the likelihood of Israeli retaliation in Jerusalem.

When you add to this already problematic mix the upcoming March 17 Israeli elections, it becomes even more likely that there will be a significant, non-routine event in Jerusalem in the coming months. These impending elections – with their months-long pre-election ritual of campaign pandering and electioneering – on their own would be cause for concern. It is not an exaggeration to say that in every recent election campaign, politicians of various stripes, and most particularly Netanyahu, have sought to burnish their Zionist credentials by exploiting Jerusalem – accusing opponents of (gasp) being ready to divide the city, and competing amongst themselves to see who can stake out the hardest line position in the city.
In this fraught and high-stakes political context, and even in light of Netanyahu’s recent “self-restraint, it remains eminently possible, and perhaps likely, that Netanyahu will take concrete steps in and around Jerusalem that are dangerous if not fatal to the two-state solution. Indeed, it is likely that with the breakdown of talks and the Palestinians’ resort to the UN and ICC, Netanyahu sees himself as absolved of any undertakings he may have made to hold off on the projects discussed below, or even implicit understandings to show restraint.  
For that reason, it is critical, now, to focus on those projects, all of which are subject to Netanyahu’s direct control, that are both the most damaging and potentially inflammatory, and on which – some or all of them – Netanyahu is most likely to move in the near term. Of course, no list of potentially damaging and de-stabilizing act regarding East Jerusalem and West Bank settlements can be exhaustive. But Netanyahu knows precisely what constitutes “bad behavior” – and the combination of his domestic electoral calculus and the Palestinian moves in the international arena will make it very tempting for Netanyahu to initiate some of these.
Projects/Plans of Immediate and Urgent Concern in and around Jerusalem
1. E-1
The E-1 project pertains to an area 12.5 sq. km. in size, located between Ma’aleh Adumim and Jerusalem.   It involves two plans – Plans 420/4/7 and 420/4/10 – which together entail the construction of approximately 3500 new units. Implementation of the project is widely recognized as fatal to the two-state solution, as it would so dismember any potential Palestinian state that it, alone, would undermine the viability of such a state.
Netanyahu already has a history with E-1. Despite having previously undertaken not to act on E-1, on November 30, 2012 – one day after the UN General Assembly approved non-member state status for the Palestinians – Netanyahu went ahead and ordered that the plans be deposited for public review (one of the last steps before final approval). Days later, the West Bank Regional Planning Committee approved the deposit; however, the legally mandated publication of the plans never took place – leaving the plan once again frozen, but a step closer to implementation  (for more details see our in depth analysis). This de facto freezing of the plans would not have occurred except at Netanyahu’s direction.
In the current political context, it is conceivable that Netanyahu will decide to move ahead with E-1. He can do this simply by instructing the relevant authorities to go ahead with publication of the plans. Should this occur, there will be a period of around 4-6 months during which the final bureaucratic requirements are completed (including the 60-day public review period, during which objections against the plan may be filed, and possible reconvening of the Planning Committee to ratify the previous approval, given that two years have passed since the original approval – both of which involve public hearings), after which final approval can be issued and construction tenders published. In addition, there is the possibility that Netanyahu could give the green light for additional infrastructure for the project to go ahead right away, separate from the plans’ approval process (though most infrastructure has already been completed).
Politically, E-1 is something of double-edged sword for Netanyahu. He will no doubt be tempted to go ahead with the project – to pander to his electorate, to promote his own Greater Israel ideology, and as revenge for Abbas’ moves at the UN and ICC. At the same time, he is well aware that E-1, more than any other settlement project in East Jerusalem or the West Bank, is a red line for the international community – a red line that he will pay a cost for crossing. Should he decide to go the route of un-freezing E-1, he will thus doubtless try to convince the world that nothing has happened for which he should be accountable: that unfreezing the project is technical step that is outside his control, or that, like he claimed about Ramat Shlomo approval back when U.S. Vice President Biden visited, unfreezing the project is just a bureaucratic step in a long process that is won’t have any impact on the ground for a long time.
These excuses are as empty as they are worn-out and familiar. The bottom line is this: Any forward movement on E-1 will be highly inflammatory.
2. Givat Hamatos
Givat Hamatos is a new settlement on the southern flank of East Jerusalem, near the border with Bethlehem. Construction of Givat Hamatos (Town Plan 14295) would be a major game-changer: for the first time since 1967, it would result in Israeli built-up areas completely surrounding an East Jerusalem Palestinian neighborhood (Beit Safafa). Most importantly, this would prevent the implementation of the Clinton parameters (or anything like them) in Jerusalem, which are the sine qua non of any permanent status agreement. For more details on Plan 14295, see our in depth analysis.
Netanyahu has already defied, repeatedly, the U.S. and international community on Givat Hamatos, to the point where construction of this new settlement is truly imminent. Under Netanyahu, this plan – which was dead in the water for years – has proceeded to the point where on November 16, 2014, all of the statutory planning was completed, when the approval of the plan was published in the public record.   This means that tenders may be issued at any time, and leaks from the Prime Minister’s office have indicated that tenders for the construction of 1500 (out of a total 2610 units) are ready for publication. In addition, the plan encompasses privately owned lands that will allow for the construction of several hundred units, for which no tenders will be required. Technically, building permits for these units could be issued by the Jerusalem Municipality at any time, but there are so many preconditions that such issuance will not take place without the active support of both Government of Israel and the Municipality fast-tracking the permits. Both the publication of tenders and the issuance of building permits would be, for all intents and purposes, an irreversible move, and make the construction of Givat Hamatos virtually a fait accompli.
Politically, Givat Hamatos is also a double-edged sword for Netanyahu – an easy tool to use to pander to his base, but one which would mean rapid changes on the ground, for which he would have a very difficult time disclaiming responsibility. Indeed, there is no realistic scenario in which Netanyahu could convince the world that Givat Hamatos is not another Har Homa – a new settlement established on his watch, under his authority, for the express purpose of undermining the two-state solution. Netanyahu has the authority and leverage to prevent this project going forward; should it go forward, full responsibility and accountability lie with Netanyahu. 
3. IDF Military Colleges on the Mount of Olives
As far back as Netanyahu’s first term in office in 1996, he has been promoting a plan to transfer the IDF Military Colleges from Herzliyah to the ridge of the Mt. of Olives, overlooking Jerusalem’s Old City (Plan 51870). The plan for the construction of the IDF Military Colleges was deposited for public review in October 2012. Hearings to examine objections to the plan were scheduled for March 2013, but were taken off the plan was removed from the hearing agenda due, it appears, to President Obama’s visit to Jerusalem and Ramallah. No further action has been taken to date.
The plan is viewed by many as particularly inflammatory: the Churches see it as a violation of the character of the Mt. of Olives; foreign militaries and many in the IDF see this as something that will unnecessarily make engaging the IDF problematic in new and superfluous ways; and the Palestinians rankle at the creation of such a blatant symbol of Israeli political/military control over such a central and sensitive site in East Jerusalem. For additional background, see our in-depth analysis. 
4.   Nahla/Givat Eitam (aka “E-2”)
The Nahla plan (dubbed “E-2” by its opponents, Givat Eitam by the settlers) has yet to achieve the notoriety of E-1 and Givat Hamatos, but absent very firm and resolute engagement, that is not likely to remain the case for very long.   The plan deals with an area located east of Efrat and the southeast of Bethlehem. The area is being planned for approximately 2500 new settlement units, the initial 840 of which will be at the site of an “agricultural farm” approved by Barak in 2011. Until recently, the Nahla plan was being held up by legal proceedings regarding the declaration of the area in question as “state land.” The “agricultural farm” is already a modest precursor of the scheme. The legality the declarations regarding a sufficient portion of these lands has now been upheld, so that the formal statutory planning process is likely to proceed in the near future.
If implemented, this project would be hugely problematic for the two-state solution. It would significantly prejudge the border between Israel and Palestine. It would contribute to the urban suffocation of Bethlehem, preventing one of the few remaining areas in which Bethlehem can develop. And, in conjunction with other existing and planned settlements, it would dismember the southern West Bank in a manner similar to the way E-1 would divide the northern and southern halves of the West Bank (hence the name “E-2”).  For more details, see the in-depth analysis by Peace Now, Kerem Navot, and Combatants for Peace.
The Nahla plan still in its early planning stages; however, its potential impact is so consequential that any forward movement on it will be viewed by the Palestinians and the bulk of the international community – correctly – as highly provocative and potentially inflammatory. 
5. Freeze vs. Thaw in East Jerusalem
Since the October 1, 2014 publication of the statutory of approval of Givat Hamatos, Netanyahu has, in the context of East Jerusalem, allowed no additional plans to be deposited for public review, no deliberations on existing plans, no new approvals, and no issuance of tenders.  (The scenario in the West Bank is similar, but not identical: there is no settlement freeze in the West Bank, since construction of large numbers of settlement units proceeds apace even now, given previous approvals and tenders and given the large number that can proceed without tenders). In this context, two conclusions are clear: (1) new settlement-related actions anywhere in East Jerusalem – approvals, hearings, tenders – will be both inflammatory and provocative; and (2) responsibility for any thaw in this de facto freeze – any new plans deposited for public review, any new statutory deliberations on existing or new plans, any new approvals and any new tenders – falls firmly on Netanyahu, who has demonstrated that he can keep a lid on East Jerusalem settlement actions when he wishes. 



29/2/2020 This is Not a Drill: Givat Hamatos,E-1, Har Homa and Atarot Settlement Announcements


7/2/2020 Jerusalem and the Deal of the Century


17/12/2019 Expansion of Nof Zion in the heart of Jabal Mukkaber


17/12/2019 Renewed effort to advance Atarot settlement


17/12/2019 The prospect of the approval of E-1 and the demolition of Khan al Ahmar has just become more serious


17/12/2019 Court decision suspending the sale of three church properties to the settlers


4/12/2019 The Baffling Siege of Issawiya


4/12/2019 Final approval of the Old City Aerial Cable Car plan


4/12/2019 B’selem report: A pick number of house demolitions in East Jerusalem in 2019


4/12/2019 Tensions in Temple Mount/Haram al Sharif: Cyclical, with a Difference


4/12/2019 The impact of Israel’s political crisis on potential developments in Jerusalem




6/8/2019 The Inauguration of Silwan Tunnel: Background and Ramifications


9/7/2019 Is Netanyahu Displaying Restraint? The Cases of Khan al Ahmar, Givat Hamatos and E-1


9/7/2019 Systemic collective punishment and severe clashes in Issawiya


9/7/2019 The Wadi Hummus demolitions: unlike anything witnessed to date


9/7/2019 Clashes on Temple Mount/Haram El Sharif at the end of Ramadan/Jerusalem Day


9/7/2019 Final ruling validates the lease of three properties to settlers group at the Jaffa Gate


3/4/2019 Bab al Rahme - Tensions continue


3/4/2019 Joint statement of Pope Francis and Morocco’s King Mohammed VI


3/4/2019 Political pressure to demolish Khan Al Ahmar


3/4/2019 Demolitions in Shuafat


3/4/2019 The Jerusalem municipality and Elad jointly advance the expansion of Elad’s activities in Abu Tor


3/4/2019 Opening of trade offices in Jerusalem


28/2/2019 Jerusalem & the 2019 Israeli Elections Campaign


28/1/2019 Opening of the Segregated Road in Greater Jerusalem: A Major Step Towards de facto Annexation of Area C


28/1/2019 Accelerating the Pace for Construction of E-2


28/1/2019 Imminent Eviction in Sheikh Jarrah: The Sabbagh Family


28/1/2019 The Jerusalem Aerial Cable Car: Plan Deposited for Public Review


21/12/2018 Reflections on Jerusalem, One Year After Trump Policy Shift


21/12/2018 Australia & The Perils of Recognition in Jerusalem


21/12/2018 Moving Embassies - Is Brazil Next?


21/12/2018 Bullying the World to Accept "Undivided Jerusalem" Mantra


21/12/2018 A New Jerusalem Compound for Foreign Embassies?


26/11/2018 The 2018 Jerusalem Municipal Elections: Highlights & Lessons


26/11/2018 The Closure of the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem


26/11/2018 A Pattern of New & Troubling Developments


17/10/2018 Elections in Jerusalem 2018: The Palestinian Dimension


11/9/2018 A Final Ruling on Khan Al-Ahmar: implications and next steps


11/9/2018 US Cuts Off Funding for East Jerusalem Hospitals


11/9/2018 Jerusalem Mayor Threatens to Expel UNRWA


11/9/2018 The High Holidays: Keeping a close eye on the Temple Mount


21/8/2018 Tenders published for 603 new units in Ramat Shlomo


21/8/2018 Temple Mt/Haram al Sharif: Jewish Visits - & Tensions - Increase


21/8/2018 Israeli Govt Opens Jewish “Heritage Center” in the heart of Silwan


21/8/2018 Khan Al Ahmar Update: Recent Developments


21/8/2018 Municipality Announces New Deal for 20k units in Jerusalem


17/7/2018 Major New Plans Approved for Pisgat Ze'ev


17/7/2018 Khan al-Ahmar Demolition Postponed


17/7/2018 Renewed Visits by MKs to the Temple Mt/Haram al-Sharif


17/7/2018 Continued Settler Efforts to Increase Construction in Silwan


20/6/2018 The Trump “Peace Plan” & Jerusalem


20/6/2018 The impact [so far] of the Transfer of the US embassy to Jerusalem


20/6/2018 Updates: Khan al Ahmar, Temple Mt during Ramadan, Batan al Hawa/Silwan


3/5/2018 UNESCO’s Latest Jerusalem Resolution - Delayed & Dampened, by Consensus


29/4/2018 The Changing Status Quo on the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif - Trends & Implications


29/4/2018 US Embassy Opening - Where Things Stand & Implications


23/3/2018 The Israeli Government’s Creation of a Settler Realm in and around Jerusalem’s Old City


21/2/2018 Why Is Jerusalem Municipality Targeting UN & Churches for Taxes?


21/2/2018 The Site for the New U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem: What You Need to Know (So Far)


21/2/2018 A New Neighborhood to Expand the Footprint of the settlement of Gilo


21/2/2018 New Checkpoint Cuts off Al-Walajeh from Lands & Spring


19/1/2018 Trump’s Jerusalem Decision & Its Aftermath


19/1/2018 New Law to Prevent Future Compromise on Jerusalem


19/1/2018 Pressure Mounts to Advance Greater Jerusalem bill


19/1/2018 New bill to Revoke Residency of Jerusalem Palestinians


19/1/2018 Another JNF-Linked Eviction Looms in Silwan


19/1/2018 Disney-fication proceeds: Jerusalem Cable Car and Footbridge


19/1/2018 New Jerusalem “Trump Train Station”?


19/1/2018 Demolitions in East Jerusalem


19/1/2018 More Jews Going to the Temple Mount/Haram al Sharif


14/12/2017 Trump's New Jerusalem Policy: Early Assessment


13/12/2017 Will Jerusalem Recognition Beget Sustained, Serious Violence? Too Soon to Say.


13/12/2017 Amendment to Jerusalem Basic Law Moves Forward


13/12/2017 Planned Demolitions in Kafr Aqab


13/12/2017 Historic Basin Cable Car Project Advances


13/12/2017 Another Jerusalem-Area Bedouin Community Under Threat


13/12/2017 Tightening the Noose Around Walajeh


30/10/2017 Bibi Blinks on Greater Jerusalem Bill; July 1 - Oct 30 EJ Settlements Chronology


3/10/2017 Imminent Threat: Green Light for Givat Hamatos


3/10/2017 Imminent Threat: Potential War Crime; de facto Annexation and New Settlement Construction (Ma’ale Adumim/E-1)


3/10/2017 Uptick is Settlement Displacements: Shamasneh Family Evicted


3/10/2017 Expansion of Nof Zion on the Agenda


10/8/2017 Netanyahu Unshackled: New and dangerous terms of engagement in Jerusalem


10/8/2017 The Latest Temple Mt/Haram al-Sharif Crisis: A Provisional Post-Mortem


10/8/2017 Pending Jerusalem Legislative Initiatives: Strategic Shifts in Current Status & Potential Political Future of Jerusalem


10/8/2017 East Jerusalem Settlements -- APPROVED


21/7/2017 Major New Crisis on the Temple Mount/Haram al Sharif


21/7/2017 New Life for Major Settlement Plan to Connect Adam (West Bank) to EJ's Neve Yaacov


21/7/2017 Proposed Amendment of Jerusalem Basic Law


21/7/2017 UNESCO’s Resolution on Hebron


5/7/2017 The Settlement Floodgates Have Been Opened


5/6/2017 Trump Signs Waiver, Postponing Embassy Move


5/6/2017 Trump Visit & Jerusalem Day: Before, During, & After


5/6/2017 Cabinet Approves Projects for Old City, Historic Basin, & East Jerusalem (Inside the Barrier)


5/6/2017 Jordan's Growing Discontent with Israeli Provocations Over the Temple Mount/al-Haram al-Sharif


5/6/2017 Danny Seidemann in Haaretz: Trump Exposed the Fantasy of Netanyahu's 'Undivided Jerusalem'


5/5/2017 URGENT/BREAKING NEWS: Imminent Tenders for Givat Hamatos


5/5/2017 Imminent Announcements: Atarot & Ramat Shlomo


5/5/2017 New Settler “Visitors’ Center” in Ras El Amud


5/5/2017 The New UNESCO Resolution & Jerusalem


28/3/2017 Working Toward a New US-Israel Understanding on Settlements


28/3/2017 Tensions Growing [again] Focused on Temple Mount/Haram al Sharif


28/3/2017 Palestinian Residency Rights: Important Court Ruling


24/2/2017 Limiting Settlement Construction to the "Blocs" - Implications for Jerusalem


24/2/2017 To Move, or Not to Move (the Embassy), That is the Question


24/2/2017 Paving the way for annexation?


24/2/2017 Work Starting on Eastern Ring Road?


24/1/2017 East Jerusalem Settlement Activity & the Onset of the Trump Era: What to Watch


5/1/2017 Moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem: A Hard Look at the Arguments & Implications


14/12/2016 Update on Israeli Govt-Proposed Law to Muzzle Muslim Call to Prayer


14/12/2016 Rumors & Lobbying Around Possible US Embassy Relocation to Jerusalem


14/12/2016 Netanyahu Rejects Police Recommendations to Tweak Temple Mt Status Quo


14/12/2016 Batan al-Hawa - New B'tselem Report on Settler Activities


14/12/2016 Final Approval of Gilo Expansion - 770 New Units (Mordot Gilo South)


30/11/2016 Insights/analysis on UNESCO resolutions on the Old City & its Walls


30/11/2016 Re: Reported Demolitions at Jerusalem's Bab Al-Rahma Cemetery


30/11/2016 Plan to Connect Tel Aviv to the Western Wall


30/11/2016 2016 Jewish High Holidays: Record number of Jewish visitors on Temple Mount/Haram El Sharif


28/11/2016 The American Role: Interregnum & Post-January 20, 2016


28/11/2016 Ban on Mosque Morning Call to Prayer


28/11/2016 Turning Jeruasalem Palestinians into “Human Shields” Against Outpost Evacuations


28/11/2016 Announcement of Construction Plan in Mordot Gilo


28/11/2016 OCHA report: 180 Palestinian households at risks of eviction in East Jerusalem


28/11/2016 Approval of 500 units in Ramat Shlomo


28/11/2016 State Comptroller’s Report on Elad


30/9/2016 On the Eve of the New Year – A Different & Dangerous Jerusalem


15/8/2016 Government Actively Advancing E-2


15/8/2016 Back in the Headlines: Plans for 2500 Units South of Gilo


15/8/2016 Tisha B'Av Incitement Re: The Temple Mount


15/8/2016 Deepening the Occupation in East Jerusalem


5/8/2016 Settlement Announcements - July 2016


5/8/2016 The Uptick in East Jerusalem Demolitions


5/8/2016 Israeli Govt: "The Mt of Olives will be Reinforced as a Visitors' Site"


5/8/2016 Ma'ale Adumim Annexation bill


8/7/2016 Full Analysis of the Latest East Jerusalem Announcements/Approvals


28/6/2016 A new settlement enclave in Silwan – Batan al Hawa


28/6/2016 ?The end of quiet on the Temple Mount/Haram al Sharif


28/6/2016 The Wrong Way to Divide Jerusalem


3/6/2016 Proposed Annexation of Maale Adumim


3/6/2016 East Jerusalem: Emerging Patterns


2/6/2016 Keeping a Close Eye on the Temple Mount/Haram al Sharif


22/1/2016 Church Attacked (Again) in Jerusalem


22/1/2016 Herzog proposes De-Annexing Some Parts of East Jerusalem


30/12/2015 Revealed in Newly-Released Documents: Massive Planning Advancing for Settlements


29/12/2015 Understanding "Status Quo" on the Temple Mount/Haram al Sharif


9/11/2015 What's Been Going On in Jerusalem? Danny Seidemann Analysis


9/11/2015 What's Going On? Senior IDF Officials Weigh In.


9/11/2015 Recent East Jerusalem Settlement Developments


9/11/2015 East Jerusalem Security Situation - by the numbers


9/11/2015 EJ Security Situation - Plans to Revoke Palestinians' Residency?


9/11/2015 EJ Security Situation - Security Measures on the Ground


9/11/2015 EJ Security Situation - Home Demolitions


22/9/2015 Jerusalem & the Temple Mount: A New Dangerous Escalation


13/8/2015 Imminent New Settlement Enclave in Silwan


13/8/2015 E. Jerusalem (partial) Settlement Freeze May Soon Defrost


13/8/2015 Troubling Developments on the Temple Mount/Haram al Sharif


22/5/2015 What We Can Learn from Jerusalem Day 2015


22/5/2015 Latest Settlement Tenders in East Jerusalem - Ramat Shlomo & Givat Zeev


22/5/2015 ?E-1 Looming


22/5/2015 East Jerusalem Simmers


29/4/2015 New & Recycled East Jerusalem Settlement Tenders


29/4/2015 High Court Rules on Absentee Property Law in Jerusalem


29/4/2015 Good News: IDF Colleges NOT Moving to Mount of Olives; Holy Basin Cable Car Plan Stalled


29/4/2015 Approval (but only sort of) of New Palestinian Construction in East Jerusalem


29/4/2015 Some Palestinian Cars Allowed in East Jerusalem


29/4/2015 Palestinian Security Forces (not really) allowed in East Jerusalem


14/1/2015 East Jerusalem at the Beginning of 2015: Things to Watch


3/11/2014 Attempted Assassination Raises the Stakes at the Temple Mount


3/11/2014 Reasons Behind Escalating Temple Mount Crisis


3/11/2014 Bibi's New Settlement Initiative - Ramat Shlomo & Har Homa


3/11/2014 More Settler Takeovers in Another Part of Silwan


2/10/2014 Netanyahu Cannot Evade Responsibility for Givat Hamatos Approval & Silwan Takeovers


1/10/2014 Breaking & Urgent News: Givat Hamatos Approved


30/9/2014 Major Development: In Overnight Operation, Settlers Take Over Multiple Buildings in Silwan


18/9/2014 Specter of E-1 Raised by Plan to Relocate Bedouin


18/9/2014 Looming Crisis in East Jerusalem - Givat Hamatos


17/9/2014 East Jerusalem Clashes Continue


9/9/2014 East Jerusalem Aflame


4/9/2014 The Real Story about those new units "approved" for Palestinians in East Jerusalem


26/8/2014 Gilo Tenders Awarded, but (for now) EJ Settlement Freeze Continues


19/5/2014 Jerusalem Settlements - The (Proximate, Contributing) Cause of the Collapse


19/5/2014 Post-Collapse - De Facto Freeze in East Jerusalem, But the Lull Won’t Last


19/5/2014 Are We Sliding Toward Religious War? A Brief Survey of Key Jerusalem Developments/Trends


5/3/2014 Framework Language and Jerusalem: Gimmicks Are NOT the Answer


5/3/2014 New Israeli Yeshiva Downtown Sheikh Jarrah


5/3/2014 Playing with Fire, Part 2: Elad Set to Gain Control of Area Adjacent to the Temple Mt/Haram al Sharif


5/3/2014 Playing with Fire, Part 1: Debating the Status Quo on the Temple Mount


3/3/2014 Demolition orders in E-1


9/1/2014 New Seidemann Op-Ed in the Guardian: The myth of an undivided Jerusalem is collapsing under its own weight


12/12/2013 Danny Seidemann Injured by Stone-Thrower - Condition Update & Comment


12/12/2013 East Jerusalem Settlements since the Resumption of Talks: the Facts & their Implications


12/12/2013 The [Apparent] Re-Emergence of the “Greater Jerusalem” Gimmick


12/12/2013 Post-Script: Those Planning Tenders for 24,000 New Settlement Units


27/8/2013 Ramat Shlomo Back in the Headlines


27/8/2013 Funding Approved for Settler-Run Projects in Silwan and Jebel Mukabber


27/8/2013 Three Palestinians Killed by Israeli Forces in Qalandia RC


27/8/2013 ?Uptick in East Jerusalem Home Demolitions


19/8/2013 Pyromaniacs Target the Temple Mount


19/8/2013 Jerusalem Residency Concerns Resurface


19/8/2013 New Pro-Settlement Guidelines on Absentee Property Law


19/8/2013 A U.S. Court Rules on Jerusalem


16/8/2013 Timeline/details of Recent Jerusalem-Related Settlement Developments


16/8/2013 Bibi, Settlements & Peace Talks -- Analysis


13/6/2013 The A-Zayyem/Mount of Olives Interchange, Plan 14049


13/6/2013 Tenders Awarded for Ramot Expansion, Additional Tenders for Mordot Gilo


13/6/2013 Everything You Need to Know About Jerusalem & the Absentee Property Law


7/5/2013 The IDF Colleges on the Mt. of Olives Off the Agenda, Again


7/5/2013 Plans Published for Old City Cable Car


7/5/2013 Sharansky Plan Hits a Wall, no pun intended


7/5/2013 The Wall/Barrier vs. Cremisan & Beit Jala


5/5/2013 Spatial Shaping in J'lem Continues with Opening of Route 20


24/4/2013 Concerns about Proposed “Solution” to Women’s Prayer Issue at the Western Wall


22/4/2013 The Politics of Waste Treatment in East Jerusalem


15/4/2013 Fifty New Units in East Talpiot


14/1/2013 E-1/Bab ash-Shams: What Happened, What it Means, What Next


28/12/2012 Mordot Gilo South - APPROVED


19/12/2012 Givat Hamatos APPROVED - What it Means


17/12/2012 Breaking News - Approvals this week - Ramat Shlomo & Givat Hamatos


5/12/2012 The E-1 Crisis...This Is Not a Drill


6/11/2012 More than 1200 New Tenders Issued for Pisgat Ze'ev and Ramot


31/10/2012 New Construction Approved in Har Homa


30/10/2012 New East Jerusalem Settlement Construction Approved - East Talpiot units for Israeli Security Personnel


24/10/2012 Mordot Gilo Construction Approved


24/10/2012 Plans for IDF Colleges on Mt. of Olives Deposited for Public Review & Explanation of Location


24/10/2012 Taking the Garbage to East Jerusalem


24/10/2012 Is the Palestinian Population of East Jerusalem Becoming More Israeli -- No


24/10/2012 Pisgat Zeev in the News


18/10/2012 Crisis Brewing on the Temple Mount


17/9/2012 Jerusalem, Netanyahu and the two-state solution


16/9/2012 Issue to watch: East Jerusalem Home Demolitions


16/9/2012 Attacks on Palestinians in Jerusalem – Sign of the “Hebronization” of the City


16/9/2012 Jerusalem in the Headlines: Ras al-Amud, Temple Mount, the Barrier, Elad, & Har Homa


15/9/2012 Jerusalem: Political Football in U.S. Presidential Race


14/9/2012 In Memorium: Our Friend, Chris Stevens


2/7/2012 New Tenders Published for East Jerusalem Settlement Construction


2/7/2012 Plans for New IDF War College on the Mt. of Olives Approved for Public Review


11/6/2012 Settlement Surge Continues on Jerusalem's Southern Flank


8/5/2012 Arab VIPs Start Coming to Jerusalem


7/5/2012 Givat Hamatos – Nearing the Point-of-No-Return


7/5/2012 IDF College on the Mt. of Olives – Moving Forward


7/5/2012 Kidmat Tzion – Municipal Approval Anticipated Soon


7/5/2012 Mughrabi Ramp – Some Good News


6/5/2012 Beit Hanina Settlement Effort Continues


10/4/2012 Late Winter Freeze in East Jerusalem turns to Spring Thaw


8/4/2012 Kidmat Tziyon Settlement Scheme to be Expedited


8/4/2012 New East Jerusalem “Park” Soon to get Final Approval


8/4/2012 New Settlement in Beit Hanina?


8/4/2012 Israeli High Court Rejects Shepherd’s Hotel Appeal


14/3/2012 Will Arab & Muslim Leaders Start Coming to Jerusalem?


14/3/2012 A Major East Jerusalem Settlement Plan Comes Back to Life


14/3/2012 Spotlight on Jewish Access to the Temple Mount


14/3/2012 Volatility in Silwan: Mini-Intifada Continues, Cave-Ins, and New Settler Plans


9/1/2012 The Ongoing Settlement Surge in East Jerusalem


9/1/2012 The Mughrabi Gate Saga - Update


10/12/2011 Barkat Tries to Force Mughrabi Ramp Demolition


9/12/2011 Approval of Mount Scopus "Park" Proceeds


13/10/2011 Approval for New Israeli Settlement at Givat Hamatos Proceeds


12/10/2011 New Pisgat Ze'ev Building Permits


28/9/2011 New Settlement Approval issued for Gilo - Plan 13261


11/8/2011 More Jerusalem Settlement Approvals: Ramat Shlomo, Pisgat Zeev, Givat Hamatos


10/8/2011 Yet Another Har Homa Plan Approved (No. 12825) - Public Buildings, 50 Units


5/8/2011 Har Homa C Plan 10310 (app. 983 units) Approved


9/7/2011 Jerusalem Municipal "Approval" of Mordot Gilo Plan


9/7/2011 Meretz Rejoins Municipal Coalition - Separate Portfolios for EJ Settlers and Palestinians


20/6/2011 The Ramat Shlomo House Extension Plans


10/6/2011 Committee for Acceleration of (EJ) Construction to Convene on June 14


24/5/2011 Netanyahu Approves East Jerusalem Construction Hours Before Obama Address


24/5/2011 Barkat Trying to Force Netanyahu's Hand on Mughrabi Ramp


12/5/2011 The Non-Existent Court Decision on Bustan Demolitions


10/5/2011 New East Jerusalem Settlements Update


9/5/2011 US Supreme Court to Hear Jerusalem Status Case


21/4/2011 Is There a De Facto Settlement Freeze in East Jerusalem? The Facts


18/4/2011 April Surge in East Jerusalem Construction Plans


18/4/2011 Mount Scopus Slopes Park Approved for Public Review


16/3/2011 Permit Issued for 14 Units at Ras el Amud Police Station


16/3/2011 Permit Issued for Mughrabi Ramp


17/10/2018 Jerusalem Elections 2018 - the Palestinian Dimension


29/7/2013 A Layman's Guide to Jerusalem House Demolitions
Daniel Seidemann


29/7/2013 A Laymen's Guide to the Planning Process in Jerusalem.pdf
Daniel Seidmann


20/3/2013 "Spatial Shaping", the Ross Agenda and a Partial Settlement Freeze
Daniel Seidmann


10/3/2013 Spatial Shaping - Unilaterally Determining Israel’s Base-Line Border
Daniel Seidmann


10/9/2012 NOREF Policy Brief August 2012 | By Daniel Seidemann
Daniel Seidemann


30/1/2012 East Jerusalem and the Imminent Demise of the Two-State Solution
Daniel Seidemann


7/11/2011 East Jerusalem Developments and Trends: 2006-2011
Daniel Seidemann


31/10/2011 The TJ Guide to the Planning and Construction Process in East Jerusalem - Oct. 2011
Daniel Seidemann


15/10/2011 Givat Hamatos/Mordot Gilo: New Settlement Schemes on Jerusalem's Southern Flank
Daniel Seidemann


12/8/2011 U.S. (non)-Recognition of Sovereignty in Jerusalem: A Consistent Policy, 1948 - 2011
Lara Friedman


1/8/2011 Hanging On By Our Fingernails
Daniel Seidemann


22/2/2011 Jerusalem Challenges the API
Daniel Seidemann


21/2/2011 East Jerusalem settlers and Israel's never-ending War of Independence
Daniel Seidemann


20/2/2011 The Two Jerusalems
D. Seidemann D.Rothem


19/2/2011 Jerusalem on the Brink
Daniel Seidemann


19/2/2011 A barely tolerated minority
Daniel Seidemann


17/2/2011 Redeeming Jerusalem by truth, not hollow slogans
Daniel Seidemann


16/2/2011 Jerusalem, settlements, and the "everybody knows" fallacy
Lara Friedman - Daniel Seidemann


15/2/2011 Blogposts
Lara Friedman