Israel waiting for Obama to leave before resuming settlement building, MK says

November 17, 2015 06:21


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Israel will resume construction in Jewish settlements on the West Bank following Barack Obama's departure from the White House, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is said to have told a religious Zionist lawmaker.

According to Bayit Yehudi MK Nissan Slomiansky, the prime minister sought to assuage the party's Knesset members and rank-and-file supporters who have been grumbling in recent weeks over what they perceive to be a government halt to building in Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria.

Slomiansky, who serves as the chairman of the Knesset Constitution, Law, and Justice Committee, made the remarks during a panel discussion in Jerusalem earlier this week.

"There is still building by private citizens throughout our country, but all public construction works have been frozen by the prime minister," Slomiansky said.

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