Binyamin Netanyahu
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Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu requested that the "Greater Jerusalem Law" not be brought for a vote on Sunday, and the discussion on it delayed.

A senior Jerusalem source said the discussion and vote are being delayed in order to hold "diplomatic preparations" with the American government. However, reports on Friday said the Trump administration will not oppose the law.

The law, if passed, would expand the municipal borders of Jerusalem to include the city of Maaleh Adumim to the east, which is currently home to nearly 38,000 Israelis. In addition, the town of Givat Zeev to the northwest, the city of Beitar Illit to the south, the town of Efrat, and other communities in Gush Etzion would all be incorporated into Jerusalem.

It would not, however, officially annex these areas to Israel.

According to Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz (Likud), the plan would add some 150,000 Jews to the city, increasing the total population to over one million.

At present, Jerusalem is home to nearly 900,000 people, including 540,000 Jews and 330,000 Arabs. Expanding the city’s limits would increase the Jewish population to 670,000, shifting the demographic balance from 61.1% Jewish and 37.3% Arab to 67% Jewish and 32% Arab.