"Our policy regarding Jerusalem is the same as it was over the past 42 years. We have made it clear to the Americans that for us, building there is just like building in Tel Aviv," Netanyahu said. Israel captured the land in question in the spring of 1967, nearly 43 years ago." CNN
Israel unilaterally annexed Jerusalem after the 1967 war in defiance of various UN resolutions.The IDF captured East Jerusalem from the Jordanian Army in that war. That annexation is not recognized by most countries. If memory serves, the US is numbered among those that do not. Israeli allies in the US Congress keep trying to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem. They do that every few years and the executive branch resists because to do so would be a de facto recognition of Israel's claim to own Jerusalem in something other than a display of force majeure.
So, for Bibi, it is a major thing when the US insists that territory within the boundaries of Jerusalem is subject to negotiation as to status in a "final settlement."
The closed door meeting at the WH today should be an interesting event. If Obama persists in this Jerusalem business a line will be drawn in the sand. pl