MK Betzalel Smotrich (Jewish Home) is bothered by the Security Cabinet’s agreement to restrain building in Judea and Samaria and build only within the boundaries of existing communities except for extenuating circumstances.
“The decision of the Cabinet is very worrying,” he said. “Although it does leave some maneuvering room during the test of action in the field, experience has shown that Netanyahu does very badly on tests that have to produce results. There is no reason to think that, this time, it will be any different.”
Smotrich pointed out as evidence what he saw as Netanyahu’s effective admission yesterday that he had instructed a halt in the marketing of 2,000 housing units out of those approved two months ago, after his office had denied that this was the case.
“This admission, along with the fact that since the elections in the US the supreme planning council in Judea and Samaria has not convened – which means that the plans the Prime Minister ‘approved’ were not advanced, shows that the 5,500 housing units presumably approved was nothing more than a bluff – as I asserted then. As I said, there is no foundation to the assumption that it will be different this time.”
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