Elkin Punctures Freeze Baloon
Elkin: Majority of Likud MKs Reject Partial Freeze

Coalition Chair Zeev Elkin Has Ruled Out the idea of a second settlement freeze to restart negotiations with the PLO.

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Aryeh ben Hayim,

MK Ze'ev Elkin
MK Ze'ev Elkin
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Coalition chairman MK Zeev Elkin (Likud) responded to reports on an American request: upon Israel to perform a "quiet and partial settlement freeze" that would not be formally announced.

"I believe that the State of Israel must not accept any diktat on the subject of construction in Jerusalem or Judea and Samaria, we are speaking of the rights of hundreds of thousands of Israeli citizens, Israeli citizens that were settled there by the state and its their right to build their homes and raise their children there," Elkin said, rejected the idea.

"Any such demand whether it comes from the Palestinians or the United States should be categorically rejected," he added.

I don't see any possibility that either the Likud or the coalition partners will be prepared to acquiesce to an additional freeze. Most Likud members signed a petition against the Second freeze and nothing has changed since then, the opposition remains valid today as well."

Elkin a resident of Kfar Eldad thus joins his neighbor, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman of Nokdim in rejecting the partial freeze proposal.