'We can and must build more'

Justice Minister says Jewish Home pressure against PM exists, but not enough to break current building quotas in Yesha.

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Ayelet Shaked
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Minister of Justice Ayelet Shaked addressed today (Thursday) the constricted number of building permits issued this week by order of Prime Minister Netanyahu.

“If they wanted to increase the amount of building, they would have to have come out with a more serious campaign. These quotas are unacceptable. It is possible and imperative to build more,” Shaked said in an interview with Army Radio.

Shaked asserted in the interview that political pressure exerted by the Jewish Home party does exist, but it is not enough to break the quotas.

“We meet with the relevant people, but if we want to increase [building] in a significant way, we have to wage a joint struggle which includes settler leaders, the Jewish Home, and officials from within Likud,” she added.

The Supreme Planning Council of the civil administration met this week for two days to approve a series of building projects in Judea and Samaria.

Nevertheless, some settlement's leaders expressed disappointment at the number of units that were approved.