Vice Premier Silvan Shalom (Likud) on Sunday called Prime Minister Binyamin Netnanyahu's decision to freeze settlement construction "unnecessary," claiming the moratorium would not lead to the resumption of peace talks.
"It was an unnecessary decision that will not bring about the reintroduction of negotiations. Just like after the Bar-Ilan speech, the Palestinians will ask for more and more concessions," said Shalom.
"Such a serious decision requires public and internal debate. I hope that will happen in the near future. A real change like this requires convening all the proper institutions. The settlers are confused and feel threatened. Harming the settlements will have implications on the country's future," he warned.
As of Sunday morning, eleven out 30 ministers in Netanyahu's government are against the settlement freeze.
Along with Shalom, Minister for Diaspora Affairs Yuli Edelstein, Sports and Culture Minister Limor Livnat, Communications Minister Moshe Kahlon, Environment Minister Gilad Erdan, Infrastructures Minister Uzi Landau, Science Minister Daniel Hershkowitz and four Shas MKs have voiced opposition to the cessation of building.