21 MKs urge Netanyahu against Judea and Samaria construction freeze

The Jewish community of Beit El in Judea and Samaria. Credit: Yaakov via Wikimedia Commons.

(JNS.org) A group of 21 deputy ministers and Members of Knesset sent a letter on Thursday to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, calling on him to not freeze construction in Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria.

The letter followed reports that the U.S. may demand that Israel freeze settlement construction outside the main blocs as part of a deal with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to extend the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict negotiations by a year.

“We oppose any kind of freeze, including a freeze ‘outside of the blocs,’ and we will view any such Israeli commitment as deal breaker,” the letter said, according to Israel Hayom.

The letter was signed by MKs from Likud, Yisrael Beiteinu, and Habayit Hayehudi, including deputy ministers Ofir Akunis (Likud), Zeev Elkin (Likud), Tzipi Hotovely (Likud), Danny Danon (Likud), Faina Kirshenbaum (Yisrael Beytenu), Avi Wortzman (Habayit Hayehudi), and Eli Ben-Dahan (Habayit Hayehudi).

Posted on February 21, 2014 .