Knesset to vet freeze bill

New law proposes change to W. Bank settlement building moratorium.

Men building 311 (photo credit: Courtesy)
Men building 311
(photo credit: Courtesy)
The Ministerial Committee for Legislation was on Sunday slated to discuss a bill proposing a new law that would give authority only to the Knesset to approve building freezes in the West Bank.
The bill, submitted by MKs Karmel Shama (Likud) and Uri Ariel (National Union), is intended to prevent the renewal of settlement construction at the end of the current 10-month moratorium.
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It was unclear as to how all the members of the coalition would react to the bill.
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman was quoted as saying that in September the bulldozers will return and will work with full motivation.
The Likud Central Committee unanimously approved the bill and stated that the party supports the West Bank settlements, and is in favor of building and development of in all parts of the country.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said in an interview Friday that there has been no changes in the decision to freeze building in Judea and Samaria until September.
Netanyahu stated his willingness to discuss the end of the government's building freeze in Judea and Samaria with Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas.