Where is the neighborhood supposed to spread?
“It currently has 20,000 residents in 4,000 homes, and we are already the size of a local council. Right now Har Homa Gimmel is an uninhabited hill, as the entire neighborhood was in the beginning. When Gimmel is completed, there will be 6,000 homes there; that plan has been approved. There is talk of Har Homa Daled and Har Homa Hey later on, and then we will have 9,500 housing units. That is already the size of an Israeli town.”
And are you not concerned that international pressure will stop all these plans?
“I can say not only what I think but what all the residents of the neighborhood think – it doesn’t faze us. The demands of the world are hallucinatory. It’s as if I were to say: Don’t build in Washington. It doesn’t concern us. I am repeating things that were said by those greater than I am. Ben-Gurion said it wasn’t important what the Gentiles said. What was important was what the Jews did. We must build – and if they want to yell, let them. I am not trying to annoy or irritate people, but we have our own pride.”