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Jewish Home Threatens to Bolt Gov't if Freeze Goes On

MK Orlev says his party will not stay in the coalition if PM decides to extend freeze in any way.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 8/29/2010, 8:44 PM / Last Update: 8/29/2010, 9:24 PM

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The Jewish Home / New NRP will bolt the coalition if Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu extends the 10-month building freeze, MK Zevulun Orlev told party activists in Be'er Sheva Sunday. He said the party will not stay in the government if the freeze on Jewish construction in Judea and Samaria is continued, even the extension is carried out in an undeclared manner.

Orlev called upon Knesset members from Likud, Shas and Israel Our Home to join this decision, on the assumption that “Netanyahu will not want to lose his coalition.”

Netanyahu made clear Sunday morning in a meeting pf Likud ministers that there is no change in the government decision regarding the freeze, and hinted that construction would be renewed at the date that was set for this.

Netanyahu said that Minister Dan Meridor's position, that the freeze should be extended and that construction should only be allowed in the “settlement blocs,” is Meridor's personal one and does not reflect the view of the government.