Barak approves construction of 28 public buildings in West Bank

Barak approves construct

Defense Minister Ehud Barak approved on Thursday evening the construction of 28 educational institutions and public buildings in the West Bank. Construction is set to be completed by the 2010-2011 school year, the defense minister said. In the wake of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's announcement of a 10-month freeze on settlement construction, Barak added that "we must conduct open, attentive dialogue with the settlement leaders, a serious and responsible group … but if anyone is asking himself whether or not the political leadership intends to carry out yesterday's decision, the answer is yes." Barak asserted that the recent decision "truly puts the democracy of Israel to the test."