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Governmental efforts in Judea and Samaria must go toward maintaining settlement
building currently taking place rather than new tenders, Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu told Likud parliamentarians during Monday’s faction meeting.
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spoke in response to complaints by settler leaders that the larger West Bank
Jewish communities had used up their permits and, as such, no new building can
In recent weeks a number of high-level ministers have made
statements calling for new construction in settlements such as Beitar Illit,
Ma’aleh Adumim, Ariel and Efrat.
“I am the prime minister and I have
responsibility for the country. We could beat our heads against the wall, but I
don’t act like that,” Netanyahu said.
“There is building in Judea and
Samaria,” he went on. “It is true that in some places there are no tenders, and
that is being looked-into. We are currently investing efforts in maintaining
We are currently in a very difficult international
situation, and the American veto in the Security Council was only achieved with
great effort. We could ignore everything and say ‘no problem,’ but as a prime
minister who is responsible for this country I have general
Dani Dayan, who heads the Council of Jewish Communities
of Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip, said that former prime minister Yitzhak
Shamir would not have responded that way.
“At a time when Israel must
show its continued resolve against Palestinian blackmail, where the Palestinians
continuously refuse to come to the negotiating table unless Israel gives in to
their demands, the prime minister seems to be playing directly into their hands
with statements like these,” Dayan said. “We are therefore deeply concerned that
the government will once again succumb to the pressures of the international
community led by the Obama administration, and try to again freeze our families’
natural rights to build and grow.”
Naftali Bennett, the council’s
director general, said “It is about time we realized that by making continuous
unwarranted concessions to the international community, we do not gain sympathy
and respect, but rather its scorn and contempt.”