Justice Minister Tzipi Livni's Hatnua party expressed outrage on Wednesday about Construction and Housing Minister Uri Ariel's announcement that he intends to build in the controversial E1 area between Jerusalem and Maale Adumim.
Ariel made the announcement at a festive Yom Haatzmaut celebration at the site of E1 Tuesday attended by Knesset members in his Bayit Yehudi party.“We will fulfill our right and our obligation to build here," Ariel said at the event. "In another year and a half, apartments will be built in E1.”
Hatnua faction chairman Meir Sheetrit, who is a former construction and housing minister, said he and his party would do everything possible to prevent Ariel from building in the area. He advised Ariel to build in the uncontroversial Negev and Galilee instead.
"Building in E1 would be a big mistake," Sheetrit said. "He cannot get away with such an unnecessary provocation."