Opposition leader urges PM to refrain from announcing new settlement construction
By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN
December 28, 2013 21:50
Opposition leader Isaac Herzog wrote Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Saturday urging him not to announce new West Bank construction during negotiations with the Palestinians.
Soon after this week's release of 26 Palestinian terrorists, Netanyahu is expected to announce plans for 600 new housing units in Jerusalem and 800 in the settlement blocs and planning processes will be set in motion for another 1,000 units.
"Israel should be announcing a settlement freeze," Herzog wrote Netanyahu. "There is no point in building when we are in the process of negotiating our final border. It is a waste of resources that can be spent elsewhere and it makes it harder to reach an agreement."