Housing Minister Uri Ariel reacted to Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's Thursday speech at the United Nations' General Assembly by saying, "Israel will continue to build anywhere in the state of Israel. In the Galilee, the Negev, Judea, Samaria (Shomron) and Jerusalem. Mahmoud Abbas is not the one to dictate to us how to behave in our capital city."
Responding to Abbas's call on the world to stop Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria, Ariel added, ""Whoever thinks that you can change the reality on the ground is hallucinating. We will continue and strengthen Jewish settlement. West of the Jordan there will be only one country, the state of Israel."