Settlement Construction 311.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
With an eye toward the next election, the National Union has penned legislation
to mandate the annual approval of new construction in 10 West Bank
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On Sunday, it plans to propose the bill to the Ministerial
Committee on Legislation.
If it becomes law, the government will be
required to approve new building each year in Ma’aleh Adumim, Betar Illit,
Ariel, Modi’in Illit, Alfei Menashe, Efrat, Karnei Shomron, Beit Aryeh, Oranit
and Kiryat Arba.
National Union chairman Ya’acov Katz told The Jerusalem
that this is the kind of legislation the Likud party headed by Prime Minister
Binyamin Netanyahu should support.
“We are not talking about unlimited
construction, we are talking about building to accommodate for the natural
growth of these communities,” Katz said.
In lobbying for the bill, the
National Union found that while many cabinet ministers supported it
ideologically, they would not be willing to vote for it unless it had the prime
Netanyahu’s office did not comment on the
legislation. But a political source told the Post
the government was unlikely to
Another political source said that the ministers should pay
attention to the voters, and not to the prime minister.
does not expire until October 2013. But his opponents on the Right have put in
place a strategy to propose legislation that is unlikely to pass, but that
creates a voting record on issues that will be part of the next national
In the next election, the source said, these same ministers will
have to explain to their right-wing constituencies why they did not support this
kind of legislation.