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Peace Now Upset That Beit El will Grow

Nationalist MKs see Knesset vote as victory for leftists, but leftists fear Netanyahu will indeed build in Beit El.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 6/6/2012, 8:34 PM

Peace now rally (file)
Peace now rally (file)
Israel news photo: Flash 90

Hardline nationalist MKs were upset with the Knesset vote Wednesday against the Regulation Law, but leftists were not happy with the prime minister's promises to build 300 more homes in Beit El.

MK Aryeh Eldad (National Union) said angrily: "The Likud's true nature has once yet been exposed. It talks loudly about the settlement enterprise but at the same time saws at its foundations."

"The Likud ministers have turned out to be cowards who prefer to run away or surrender in the face of the prime minister's threat to fire them, rather than stand behind their commitments and principles," he accused.

Deputy Knesset Speaker MK Danny Danon (Likud) said: "The state of Israel is beginning to pay the price of the wedding with Kadima. The nation of Israel chose Likud, the nation of Israel voted for the national camp's program. It did not elect Barak or vote for dismantling communities."

"Peace Now and the radical left are advancing their radical agendas through court motions instead of persuading the public in the polling booth," he added.

Peace Now itself, however, was not happy at all with the commitment by Netanyahu to build 300 more homes in Beit El, and was quick to start an online petition calling on him to rescind what they called "a collective punishment" that he has meted out against Israel's citizens.

"We understand the prime minister's wish to punish the Peace Now movement to in order to 'mark the guilty' and mollify the settler leadership, but collective punishment that will cost the citizens of Israel hundreds of millions of shekels is not fair, not right and unacceptable," the movement's petition stated, as if those 300 families would not need homes no matter where they lived.