Daily Israel Report

Elkin Responds to Kerry Threats: 'Build More Jewish Homes'

Deputy Foreign Minister urges government to build in the wake of Kerry's threats for a boycott.
By Tova Dvorin
First Publish: 2/2/2014, 3:28 PM

Deputy Foreign Minister Ze'ev Elkin
Deputy Foreign Minister Ze'ev Elkin
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Deputy Foreign Minister Ze'ev Elkin (Likud) responded to threats by US Secretary of State John Kerry to boycott Israel by encouraging more construction in the E1 corridor, also known as Mevasseret Adumim.

"It is now, when we've been threatened by boycotts, that we should build more in E1," Elkin stated Sunday. 

"Anyone who wants to see strong blocs of Jewish communities must do everything within his power to promote construction in the Land of Israel. Otherwise, all the talk about consensus and strengthening the communities within the 'settlement blocs' remains only on paper."

"The construction of the neighborhood is of strategic importance because it connects Ma'aleh Adumim and Jerusalem," Elkin added. 'The time has come to stop talking and start building neighborhoods and homes in Judea and Samaria. Without building more neighborhoods, Ma'aleh Adumim will not become a strong and prosperous city."

Elkin's comments come just a week before a mass march is planned in support for building in E1. The march, which is organized by a plethora of pro-Judea and Samaria organizations and regional councils, will seek to increase pressure on the government to push forward building plans for the area. 

Netanyahu reportedly froze construction in the area in late 2012, following international pressure

He promised to renew construction in the area as part of his election campaign, but has been accused of freezing construction as soon as tenders were announced