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The Metropolitan Jerusalem Master Plan

The Metropolitan Jerusalem Master Plan










Giv’at Ze’ev



Maaleh Adumim

City of



Gush Etzion

Judean Desert


Dead Sea


Dead Sea

Internal area for buiding

Area for building – other

Area for rural building

Clear view area



Main road


Planned Circles of Metropolitan Jerusalem

construction is possible, and indeed, it is in

this area that the city of Maaleh Adumim is

built – one of Jerusalem’s most important

suburbs today.

Thus, the metropolitan Jerusalem region

is defined in three concentric circles: the city

of Jerusalem lies in the innermost circle –

the area which more or less comprises the

municipal boundaries of Jerusalem today;

the second circle is comprised of the city’s

immediate suburbs, including municipalities

and regional councils of Maaleh Adumim,

Gush Etzion, Abu Dis, Giv’at Ze’ev,

Bethlehem, Mivaserret Zion, and Ramallah,

as well as rural areas such as Gush Etzion and

Gush Elon; and the third circle is the green,

open-area forested corridor, the preservation

of which is imperative to the maintaining of a

healthy ecological environment for Jerusalem.

Understanding the urban functions of each

circle is necessary as a basis for any future

planning of the metropolis.


Borders of Metropolitan Jerusalem

The great innovation of the Jerusalem 5800 Plan is in its approach to

Jerusalem, not as a city unto itself, but as a metropolis that includes a large

peripheral region, planned as one body.

The Jerusalem 5800 Plan offers a vision

for the development of metropolitan

Jerusalem – a term that stretches beyond

the municipal boundaries of Jerusalem.

As the city itself isn’t expected to grow

significantly over the coming decades,

the development in question is that

of a greater geographical area, which

even today comprises the city’s larger

metropolitan region.

This metropolitan region, built around

the urban makeup of Jerusalem, can

be defined both in economic and in

transportation terms. Economically, the

metropolitan region includes the areas

for which Jerusalem is the natural focal

point for commerce and industry – the

areas for which the city of Jerusalem is

a commercial focal point. In terms of

transportation, the metropolis is defined as

the geographical region from which daily

commuter traffic both for work and other

reasons is centered on Jerusalem – the

areas from which most of the residents

commute to Jerusalem on a daily basis.

According to the Ministry of Interior’s

most recent definition, the Jerusalem

district runs to the Jordan river and the

Dead Sea in the east, Beit Shemesh in the

west, Ofra and Beit El in the north, and

Gush Etzion in the south. This region,

at the center of which Jerusalem resides,

with its surrounding suburbs and villages,

relates to Jerusalem as the central city of

the district.

The boundaries of metropolitan

Jerusalem, and the possibility for

construction and development therein,

are defined by geographical and ecological

characteristics. The Jerusalem mountains

are an important link in the open-space

continuum between the Binyamin

mountains of the north and the Hebron

mountains in the south – a continuum

of great ecological significance and

a vital corridor for wildlife and plant

preservation. In accordance with the

geographical makeup, metropolitan

Jerusalem is limited in terms of

possibilities for expansion westward,

and is close to reaching full capacity

for such expansion in this direction.

Another ecological corridor exists east

of Jerusalem, running from north to

south by the fault cliff over the Dead Sea

and the back slopes of the mountains

approaching the Jordan Valley and the

Dead Sea. Between this ecological corridor

and Jerusalem there is an area in which

In terms of economy,

metropolitan Jerusalem

is defined as the city’s

natural focal point for


In terms of transportation

– as the geographical

region in which traffic is

intense daily.

Jerusalem Rebuilt

Jerusalem Rebuilt