Daily Israel Report

Danon: Forget ‘Timing’ – It’s Always the Right Time to Build

Netanyahu faces rebellion within the coalition as Housing Minister, Deputy Defense Minister plan to fight construction freeze.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 6/23/2013, 8:16 AM

Danny Danon
Danny Danon
Israel news photo: Flash 90

Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon (Likud) has proposed a partnership with Housing Minister Uri Ariel (Bayit Yehudi) to fight the unofficial building freeze in Judea, Samaria and eastern Jerusalem.

The freeze was imposed by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s government in an apparent response to pressure from the Obama administration.

On Saturday, Danon spoke at a Sabbath-day event in E-1 in which one thousand Israelis urged the government to follow through on promises to build new homes for Israeli citizens in the area.

During the event Danon urged the government to forget the question of “timing” when it comes to construction. “There is no such thing as ‘timing,’ every day is the right day to build,” he declared.

He later said, “I don’t know the details of Netanyahu’s decision [not to build]. It’s all vague and unclear. But if the Housing Minister knows about it, I expect that we’ll work together against this decision.”

“We will fight this decision together as we’ve fought together in the past,” Danon declared. “We don’t need to allow a de facto freeze.”

“The current pace of construction is clearly not enough, especially in the major cities,” he added.