Settlers protest proposed freeze outside PM's office

West Bank settlements protest possible renewed moratorium on building by closing schools, municipal services in one-day "warning strike."

Settler Freeze Protest 311 (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Settler Freeze Protest 311
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Hundreds of settlers protested a potential freeze on construction in West Bank settlements outside of the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem on Sunday, Israel Radio reported.
Many of those protesting were students, as schools in the Shomron and Binyamin regional councils, as well as the West Bank towns of Kedumim, Karnei Shomron, Efrat, Kiryat Arba and Beit El were closed. All municipal services also planned to strike.


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The West Bank settlers are calling this a "warning strike," aiming to caution the government of the dangers of an additional construction freeze.

Over 70 buses of demonstrators were expected to reach the Prime Minister's Office on Sunday.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is on the verge of agreeing to another 90-day settlement moratorium to facilitate negotiations with the Palestinians in exchange for a squadron of planes and a package of written US commitments. He is expected to meet with Likud ministers opposing the proposal on Sunday morning.