Dan Meridor 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
After the expiration of the government's building freeze in two months, Israel should allow continued building in Judea and Samara in areas that will almost certainly be eventually incorporated into Israel after future negotiations are concluded with the Palestinians, Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor told Army Radio on Tuesday.
"It is not right to build in areas that will go to Palestinians [after negotiations are completed], but it is right to continue building in areas that will belong to Israel, such as Ma'aleh Adumim and Gush Etzion," said Meridor.
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Meridor stressed that his remarks were his own personal opinion and not the official stance of the Netanyahu government.
Danny Dayan, chairman of the Yesha Council, called Meridor's idea to
continue building in only limited parts of Judea and Samaria a dangerous
move that would harm Israel's negotiating position with the
Palestinians, Army Radio reported Tuesday.
"This is a dangerous position to take in negotiations. What incentive does this give to Palestinians for negotiations, to even come to the negotiating table," said Dayan.
Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas and chief Palestinian
negotiator Saeb Erekat have both declared that Israel's continued
building in east Jerusalem and other regions would strain efforts to
conduct direct peace talks.