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        2/10/2013, Shevat 30, 5773

      Gush Etzion head: Building Freeze a Diplomatic Mistake


      Freezing construction for Jews in Judea and Samaria has been proven not to help the peace process, says Davidi Perl, head of the Gush Etzion Regional Council. “The building freeze at the beginning of Netanyahu’s [prior] administration proved a serious mistake from a diplomatic perspective,” he said.

      The building freeze “did not yield results on the international scene, but only increased pressure on Israel regarding construction in Judea and Samaria,” he said.

      Netanyahu froze construction for 10 months in hopes of convincing the Palestinian Authority to begin negotiations. The PA agreed to talk as the freeze drew to a close, but ended negotiations immediately afterward, insisting on a second construction freeze before resuming dialogue.