Peled: No settlement freeze deal

Minister says PM was assured in Germany that "Jews will continue to build and live in Jerusalem."

September 1, 2009 22:42
Peled: No settlement freeze deal

yossi peled 248 88. (photo credit: Jonah Newman)


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Minister-without-Portfolio Yossi Peled on Tuesday denied that there had been a deal on freezing settlement construction. "There is no agreement whatsoever on the issue of a construction freeze in settlements," he said. "I have heard about developments with my own ears, and believe me, I am the primary source of information." During a Tel Aviv conference on 'The preservation of Jerusalem and the Golan Heights,' Peled said that "Jerusalem is our symbol, we'll live anywhere we want there." He went on to say that during Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's recent trip to Germany, the premier had been assured that "Jews will continue to build and live in Jerusalem." Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin also spoke at the event and said, "We don't need approval to continue to establish our sovereignty in the Land of Israel, where the State of Israel is." "The people of Israel came here in order to live in peace, but not to live under the illusion that peace is within reach," he added. "I wish for all of us - next year in a united Jerusalem."

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