Interior Minister Eli Yishai on Monday said Israel does not have the right to build in Jerusalem and the surrounding areas, "but rather the obligation" to build.
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Referring to the international criticism over Israel's announcement of plans to construct new units in Jerusalem and the West Bank, Yishai said "Israeli governments for generations have built in Jerusalem as a matter of importance in regards to the country's security. We do not
have the right to build in Jerusalem and its surrounding areas - but
rather the obligation. Putting a question mark on our right to this is
like putting a question mark over our right to the land."
Yishai also said politicians "exploit this time to attack Israeli policies in a desperate attempt to collect seats at the Knesset, doing a disservice to us and revealing their ignorance towards the history of all Israeli governments and their actions "