i would like to respond to those who are relating to the legality of the gilo neighborhood. Gilo is situated on a mountain ridge overlooking the entire city of jerusalem. Before the six day war the Jordanian army was situated there and there are still trenches in the Gilo forest from that period. As some of you may know, if u want to, Israel was on the defensive in the six day war and conquered the areas around jerusalem as part of a response to being attacked. having won the war Israel in order to insure the security of its capital city decided to build around the existing city center especially on the hills overlooking the city that were strategically important. Thus Gilo was built. Compensation was paid to those entitled to it and it is interesting to know that till this day there are still a few Arab homesteads in the midst of Gilo which include their physical home and expansive areas around the homes. So it is clear to both sides that Gilo is not the issue.
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