I am a Jewish Israeli, living in West Jerusalem. A couple of years ago, my [Jewish] neighbors built an addition on to their house without the proper permit. It got torn down by the city as soon as it was done.
Also, my landlady [also Jewish!] told me the story behind my balcony - they had received a permit to enlarge it, but built it just slightly larger than the permit allowed. The municipality tore it down and they had to rebuild. There was again some issue, I don’t quite recall if they had it torn down a second time or not, but they had to pay a fine, enclose it around the supports, and I don’t know what else. I know the whole process started a few years before I moved in and ended after I’d been here 3 or 4 years.
So yes, the Municipality sucks, but it sucks for everyone!