The Binyamin Residents’ Council said on Tuesday that the latest reports about a construction freeze in Judea and Samaria are proof that the Council was justified in warning, before the elections, that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu destroys Jewish communities instead of building them.
Army Radio reported on Tuesday morning that Netanyahu had met Housing Minister Uri Ariel and asked him to halt promotion of new projects in Judea and Samaria, including by no longer putting up for bids tenders on new projects.
During the recent election campaign, the Binyamin Residents' Council uploaded a series of videos to YouTube which emphasized that Netanyahu had expressed his support during the 2009 Bar-Ilan speech for a demilitarized Palestinian state alongside Israel
The Council's video series also mentioned Netanyahu's failure to adopt the Levy Report, which concluded that there is no “occupation” and international law allows Jews to live in Judea and Samaria, as its status was not that of a nation in 1967.
Itzik Shadmi, the chairman of the Binyamin Residents’ Council, said on Tuesday, "Throughout his last term in office, Netanyahu said that the Attorney General and the Court prevented him from preserving the settlement enterprise. It’s clear that Netanyahu simply does not want to do so and is following Sharon’s legacy step by step.”
Shadmi added, "We believed that part of our job is to alert and reflect the behavior of the Prime Minister in the last term, and demand that he and members of the government conduct themselves in a different manner in the next term. Likud MKs called me and were angry with me over the attack on Netanyahu. They, too, see today that we were right."
The chairman of Shomron Residents’ Council, Benny Katzover, also responded to Tuesday’s reports about a construction freeze, saying, "Even before the election we were afraid that the second Netanyahu government may affect the settlement enterprise, and this concern remains and has even intensified following this morning’s reports.”
Katzover said he hoped the government will reconsider and not lend a hand to hurting the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.