Housing Minister Uri Ariel said, Tuesday morning, that he will not support the budget unless there is construction throughout the country. Interviewed by Israel Defense Forces Radio following a report he was instructed by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to freeze construction in Judea and Samaria (Shomron), Ariel refused to confirm the report, saying, "I don't confirm things I do with the Prime Minister. I cannot respond to this, [as a] minister sitting with the prime minister. If they want to publicize this, they will find a way."
Asked about the budget, he responded, "I have said that if there is no expression in the budget for construction around the country, we will reconsider our support for the budget. I usually stand behind my words and that's the way it is this time." He stressed, "We do not have a word we call threat. We don't threaten. Either we do [something] or we don't. [We] certainly [do] not [threaten] the prime minister." He finished by saying he could not say how the vote will go on Monday.