Likud Min. Says 'No More One-Sided Concessions'
Minister of the Interior Gideon Saar (Likud) on Wednesday took part in the dedication ceremony for kindergartens in the Beit El Regional Council, located in Samaria to the north of Jerusalem. During the ceremony, Sa'ar expressed his opposition to Israeli concessions.
"There's no more room for one-sided concessions. We paid painful prices in the past, and there's no place today for more withdrawals and more (building) freeze just so that the Palestinians would do us the favor of continuing talks with us," remarked Saar.
Saar spoke about the current situation, noting "we have reached a point where in order to extend the peace talks, the Palestinians are demanding more and more one-sided concessions."
If the demands are not met, the PA has threatened to violate conditions of the talks next week by taking unilateral actions for international recognition at the UN.
Concerning the two demands, MKs from the Labor, Hatnua and Shas parties sent a letter to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday, urging him to freeze Jewish construction in Judea and Samaria instead of going through with the final batch of terrorist releases, which are meant as a "gesture" for the talks.
"Before the negotiations with the Palestinians began, Israel was given the option of choosing between one of two gestures to the Palestinians. One Israeli gesture was to freeze construction in the settlements. The second option was the release of terrorist prisoners in several batches,” wrote the MKs, arguing for the second option to be taken now.
Netanyahu hinted his opposition to a building freeze in early March, stating "we have already had a building freeze and seen that it does not give us [positive] results. We froze [construction] for a year, ten months. Did anything come out of it? No, nothing came of it at all."
Gideon Saar in Beit El Hillel Meir