Netanyahu assails Lapid for proposing settlement freeze, 'separation' from Palestinians

June 9, 2014 15:57

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu attacked his finance minister, Yair Lapid, for proposing that Israel freeze construction in isolated settlements in Judea and Samaria as part of an eventual “separation” from the Palestinians.

During the weekly faction meeting with Likud deputies, Netanyahu quoted a speech that Lapid made during the election campaign which seemingly contradicts the Yesh Atid chairman’s recent statements urging diplomatic moderation.

“We need to avoid the errors of the left, namely announcing beforehand which concessions it was willing to make before receiving anything in return,” the prime minister quoted Lapid as saying.

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