Why did Israel build so many settlements in and around Jerusalem after 1967?

Futurist

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May 2014
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After Israel conquered the West Bank in 1967, it built a lot of settlements in and around Jerusalem:



Was this done merely to have a larger Israeli capital, or were there other reasons for this extensive settlement construction in and around Jerusalem? For instance, did Israel want to lower housing prices for Jerusalemites? Also, was there a religious factor motivating this large-scale settlement construction?

I want to know what factors were crucial in causing Israel to build a lot in and around Jerusalem after 1967.
 

Dreamhunter

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Jun 2012
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Kind of a creeping encirclement strategy, perhaps. It is no big secret that they had always wanted it to be their eventual capital. Tel Aviv was always going to be nothing much more than kind of a seat warmer.
 
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Futurist

Ad Honoris
May 2014
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SoCal
Kind of a creeping encirclement strategy, perhaps. It is no big secret that they had always wanted it to be their eventual capital. Tel Aviv was always going to be nothing much more than kind of a seat warmer.
If they wanted to cut off East Jerusalem from the rest of the West Bank, though, then they did a terrible job with this.