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The Metropolitan Jerusalem Master Plan

The Metropolitan Jerusalem Master Plan


year 2050 the current political problems will

be resolved in a manner that will preserve a

unified metropolitan Jerusalem. We did not

address how this conflict will be resolved,

a question that is beyond the boundaries of

this plan, but we presumed (for apolitical

reasons) that the metropolitan Jerusalem

region will not be divided. Thus, we relate to

the metropolis as a territorial stretch wherein

people and goods move freely. We further

presumed that in 2050 there will be some 5

million residents living in the metropolitan

Jerusalem region, and some 12 million

tourists visiting the city annually.

Jerusalem is the historic, modern,

and future capital of the Hebrew nation

- the Jewish people. In Jerusalem and

the surrounding area, the culture, faith,

and ethics of the nation were formed

over the millennia. Many of those ideals

transformed to inform universal values

which are common to other nations and

have informed other religions and peoples.

Jerusalem is considered holy to adherents

of the Abrahamic religions and many strive

to visit the city. The Master Plan’s vision

understands the importance of realizing

Jerusalem’s destiny as a global spiritual

center, capable of serving millions of

tourists from Israel and abroad and offering

them a unique, spiritual, and religious


Metropolitan Planning for Jerusalem as a Socio-Economic Model



Jerusalem as

the center of the




the unique

potential: A holy










and preservation

of a region of

cultural legacy

– infrastructure


The inclusive



Master Plan


projects for

realizing the


Improving the

economy for the

city of Jerusalem

and its residents

(solving the



emphasizes the three issues which are, in

the opinion of the initiators of this plan

and the Planning Committee, strategic

issues that bear impact on the realization

of the general vision: tourism, hotels, the

transportation system, and open spaces.

The Jerusalem 5800 Project offers a

brave economic and multi-pronged vision

for metropolitan Jerusalem. It presents

an opportunity to turn Jerusalem into a

cosmopolitan city, but this vision requires

broadmindedness and the ability to see

beyond the current reality.

A regional hub for future tourists – 35

million people will travel through a new

airport each year – in addition to the 16

million that are to travel through Ben-

Gurion Airport, combining to make Israel

one of the largest centers for air travel in

the world. This factor will increase the GNP

and significantly improve employment

rates in Israel, as just one million additional

tourists would increase Israel’s GNP by


Currently, Jerusalem faces serious

political issues, which are part of the

political dynamic facing the entire State of

Israel. From an urban point of view, the

Arab-Israeli conflict has led to the physical

division of the area by the separation

barrier, a division that poses problems for

the quality of life within the Jerusalem

metropolis as well as posing ecological

problems. Therefore, in our estimation,

this current political status-quo cannot

remain in the long-term in metropolitan

Jerusalem or in the overall Judea and

Samaria region. We presume that by the

Even today, the Old City

of Jerusalem is a mosaic

of religious and spiritual

tourism that meshes with

classic tourism. A beautiful

expression of this is seen

in the Christian Quarter

market, which is both a

central passageway to

Jewish, Christian, and

Muslim holy sites, and

a focal point for Holy

Land souvenir shopping.

Sights in the marketplace,

Summer 2015

The vision