Ramat Shlomo construction 311.
(photo credit: Associated Press)
The Knesset Caucus for the Land of Israel will hold an emergency meeting on
Monday to decide on steps to prevent Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu from
extending the 10-month settlement construction freeze that is set to end on
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Caucus co-chairman Arye Eldad (National Union) said he
would suggest that the coalition MKs that are part of the group rebel against
the coalition by leaving Knesset committees ahead of votes that are important to
Netanyahu and insist on voting according to their conscience against bills
supported by the coalition.
The lobby’s other co-chairman, coalition
chairman Ze’ev Elkin, will oppose such steps.
Eldad’s proposal comes
after Netanyahu stymied an effort to advance a bill that would have required
Knesset approval for continuing the freeze. The bill, which was sponsored by MKs
Uri Ariel (National Union) and Carmel Shama (Likud), fell by a vote of 8-5 in
the Ministerial Committee on Legislation on Sunday.
with Likud ministers at his party’s weekly ministerial meeting to oppose
bill. Six answered his call and joined two Labor ministers in voting
bill: Bennie Begin, Gideon Sa’ar, Michael Eitan, Dan Meridor, Yossi
Begin said he opposed the bill because of his views on the
role of the parliament and that his opposition was technical and not
ideological.Eldad accuses Israel Beiteinu ministers of "deserting the
But the bill still could have passed had the five Likud,
Shas, and Habayit Hayehudi ministers who voted for it been joined by
Israel Beiteinu and Culture and Sports Minister Limor Livnat, who were
Eldad accused the three Israel Beiteinu ministers of “deserting
the battle,” while other MKs accused Netanyahu of buying the ministers’
Channel 10’s Nadav Perry reported that in a conversation with
Israel Beiteinu leader Avigdor Lieberman, Netanyahu promised additional
for the party’s ministries when the budget is finalized in two weeks.
Beiteinu denied the report, and Immigrant Absorption Minister Sofa
insisted that she voted for the bill, even though the five votes in
claimed by ministers from other parties.
“When September comes, the
ministers will miss this bill,” Shama said after the vote. “I don’t
why ministers on the Right opposed the bill but majority rules, for
Lieberman, who is still angry about being left in the dark
about Industry, Trade, and Labor Minister Binyamin Ben- Eliezer’s
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu last week, kept Netanyahu
the last minute on Shama and Ariel’s bill and on Labor MK Amir Peretz’s
minimum-wage bill, which also fell on Sunday but could have passed with
Danny Danon and other Likud MKs who oppose continuing
the freeze said they would join the Council of Jewish Communities in
Samaria, and the Gaza Strip in lobbying ministers to prevent the freeze
Several ministers received phone calls on their way into
the cabinet meeting with recordings of themselves making statements
continuation of the freeze. The calls were the work of settlers’ council
director-general Naftali Bennett.
A ringtone of Netanyahu pledging to
resume building in Judea and Samaria at the conclusion of the freeze was
available online on Sunday.Rebecca Anna Stoil contributed to this