Settlers file petition to cancel freeze

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Fourteen local community councils across Judea and Samaria filed a petition on Thursday requesting that the High Court of Justice cancel the order to freeze settlement construction for ten months. In the petition against the government, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and OC Central Command Maj.-Gen. Avi Mizrachi, the settlers claim that the order to freeze settlement construction is based on politics, and that such "foreign" considerations will seriously undermine military authority in the area. Furthermore, the settlers are claiming an insufficiently short length of time was given to prepare for the freeze. The petition was filed in conjunction with a meeting earlier Thursday between the leaders of the various settlement communities and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, which ended with the settlers saying that they will continue their resistance to the government decision. According to the Prime Minister's Office the atmosphere at the meeting was respectful, in contrast to some reports from the settlers' camp. Herb Keinon contributed to this report