...It's worth paying attention. Didi Remez brought to my attention the news that Rabbi Ovadia Yosef is arguing that strengthening Israel's relationship with Washington is more important than building apartments in Jerusalem, at least for the moment:

Yosef said, "everything must be done to work things out with the Americans, we must pay any price to rebuild the relationship, we must not provoke the nations and kingdoms of the world," and more in the same vein. Rabbi Ovadia Yosef further said that it is possible to stop construction in Jerusalem for a time and to focus construction efforts in other areas such as central Israel, and that nothing would happen if we started building in Jerusalem again in a few years, after the crisis had passed.