Government officials in Israel have finally approved plans to build more new homes in the bustling neighborhood of Gilo in the southern part of Jerusalem.

According to reports, the construction plans for such a project were held up, along with many other projects, due to the pressure put by the previous administration of former US President Barack Obama. But after Donald Trump was inaugurated as the new US president, Jerusalem’s Deputy Mayor Meir Turgeman has promised to expand the number of houses in the city on a massive scale. Announcing his plans, he said:

“I’m going to deliver permits for thousands of homes in Jerusalem in the coming months.”

Turgeman added that as many as 11,000 housing units are in the pipeline for approval in the coming months, considering the backlog of paperwork and permits that were held by the White House in the past years.

Similarly, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman have also approved residential construction plans for 2,500 houses in Samaria and Judea.

And just recently, the Jerusalem Municipal Planning and Construction Committee has given a go signal for around 600 building permits for Jewish and Arab houses that are located beyond the 1949 Armistice Line.