Since his inauguration, Netanyahu has not approved a single significant construction project in the settlements. In a very welcome change, a 900-unit housing project has been approved in Gilo, on the outskirts of Jerusalem.
The Obama administration is already beating its collective chest, but Netanyahu rejected their demands to rescind the building permit issued by Jerusalem municipality.
Gilo is a classic settlement project for purely political purposes. With the planned expansion of 4,000 housing units, Jews will insert a wedge into the Palestinian construction in the area, preventing a continuous Arab buildup all the way to the Temple Mount.