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MK Eldad: Clinton's Praise for Netanyahu - A Bad Sign

Clinton's praise is proof that Netanyahu is bad for Judea and Samaria, says MK Eldad, who calls on nationalist parties to 'open their eyes.'
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 11/1/2009, 9:56 AM / Last Update: 11/1/2009, 10:41 AM

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's praise for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's policies is proof that Netanyahu is taking unprecedented steps to strangle Jewish settlement in Judea and Samaria, MK Aryeh Eldad warned Sunday.

Clinton praised Netanyahu's willingness to freeze Jewish growth in the region as “unprecedented in the context of prior to negotiations.”

"No Israeli Prime Minister, not even those from the Left who came in with the intention of demolishing Jewish settlements, put a stranglehold on Jewish settlement as Netanyahu has done,” said Eldad, a member of the National Union party.

Netanyahu carries out his policies against Jewish life in Judea and Samaria through his political allies, said Eldad. “Netanyahu sent [Minister Dan] Meridor to thwart the referendum bill over the Golan, and he backs [Defense Minister Ehud] Barak, who refuses to authorize even a single home in Judea and Samaria,” he said.

"The time has come for those who are faithful to the Land of Israel in the Likud, Yisrael Beiteinu (Israel Our Home), and the Jewish Home party to open their eyes to the terrible reality that they are creating with their own hands,” Eldad continued. “If they don't stop Netanyahu immediately – he will destroy the Jewish settlement enterprise of Judea and Samaria.”

Clinton held a joint press conference with Netanyahu on Saturday night and praised the prime minister for agreeing to freeze Jewish construction in Judea and Samaria prior to beginning negotiations with the Palestinian Authority – something that she noted “has never been a precondition [for negotiations], [but rather] an issue within the negotiations.”

Prior to meeting Netanyahu, Clinton met with Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman. Army Radio reported that Ms. Cliinton refused to hold a press conference with Lieberman, insisting, in violation of normal protocol, on appearing alongside Netanyahu instead.