This week in Israel tensions continued to be strained between Israeli and American officials. On Monday, as the Knesset’s winter session was initiated, the Prime Minister’s Office announced its decision to build 1,060 housing units in Jerusalem, beyond the Green Line. On Tuesday, The Atlantic published an article by Columnist Jeffrey Goldberg, in which he quotes an anonymous senior Obama Administration official who refers to Prime Minister Netanyahu with personally disparaging remarks. On Wednesday night, there was an assassination attempt in Jerusalem on prominent right-wing activist, Yehuda Glick. As a result, Israel decided to close the Temple Mount, sparking outrage from the Israeli-right and the Palestinians. On Thursday, Sweden officially announced that it would recognize the State of Palestine. In the midst of these conflicts, debate and disagreement continue in the Knesset over the allocation of new funds for settlements.