He toured Jerusalem's Gilo neighborhood. It lies beyond the Green Line. Ahead of Israeli/EU talks, he announced plans for another illegal 800 homes on stolen Palestinian land.
He was defiant like he always is. He has a knack for making enemies. Arrogantly he said, "This is our country. I'll continue to support building in Jerusalem."
"United Jerusalem is Israel's eternal capital," he added. "We have the full right to build in it. We built in Jerusalem. We are building in Jerusalem, and we will continue to build Jerusalem."
Mayor Nir Barkat accompanied Netanyahu. He called Netanyahu a "true friend of Jerusalem." He provides resources and other support. "We will continue to build tens of thousands of apartments throughout the city," he pledged.
In defiance of international law, Netanyahu calls East and West Jerusalem Israel's capital. Currently about 2,000 apartments are in various stages of development. They include 800 just announced. They're planned for Gilo's Western Slopes.
Last week, Jerusalem's Local Planning and Building Committee granted approval. Interior Ministry authorization is required. Consider it rubber stamp.
Likud's position on settlements is hardline, stating:
"The Jewish communities in Judea, Samaria and Gaza (all Occupied Palestine) are the realization of Zionist values. Settlement of the land is a clear expression of the unassailable right of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel and constitutes an important asset in the defense of the vital interests of the State of Israel."
"The Likud will continue to strengthen and develop these communities and will prevent their uprooting."