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  12/1/2009, Kislev 14, 5770

Ariel Mayor: PM Better Cool Off Before It's Too Late


Mayor Ron Nachman of Ariel said Monday evening that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu "better regain his composure before it's too late," regarding the construction freeze announced by the government for Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria last week. Nachman spoke to Arutz Sheva after placing an angry phone call to government secretary Tzvika Hauser over the actions of inspectors from the Civil Administration for Judea and Samaria, who confiscated construction equipment in Ariel, ordered builders to stop work and detained them for questioning despite Netanyahu's decision to delegate the serving of the freeze orders to local leaders.

The mayor told Arutz Sheva, "This is something that has never been done in Israel. Netanyahu sees the 300,000 Jews living in Judea and Samaria as second-class citizens."