In a televised address, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Wednesday that the government in the midst of a very complex environment, and is upholding democracy in its decision over the Ulpana outpost.
A bill to legalize the West Bank outpost was defeated by a vote of 69-22 earlier Wednesday.
Netanyahu said that the government had acted with responsibility and discretion, and thanked his coalitions partners.
He expressed sympathy for the pain of the families living in the Ulpana apartment buildings. However, he said, "you have to understand, we are working in a very complex environment, internally, internationally and in terms of the law."
He emphasized that his government would continue to strengthen the settlements, at the same time as strengthening democracy in Israel.
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