"Netanyahu is afraid of his own shadow"

Beit El leader says PM still acting like Obama is president out of fear of the response from the US and leftists.

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Shimon Cohen,

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The leaders of the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria met with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu a few days ago to discuss the resumption and momentum of construction in their communities, which turned out to be less than they had hoped for. One of the issues that arose in the discussion was Netanyahu's unrealized promise to build 300 housing units in Beit El, a promise that was made in light of the destruction of the houses in the Ulpana neighborhood more than five years ago.

The Prime Minister was asked why he does not allow the construction of 114 housing units out of the 300, for which there is land which is ready and waiting for approval. They said that they did not receive a real answer from the Prime Minister.

In an interview with Arutz Sheva, Yoel Tzur, one of the leaders who met with Netanyahu, recalled the chain of events which led to the promise that still has not been realized after five years.

"Before the evacuation, we received emissaries on behalf of the prime minister, ministers and Knesset members, and we agreed to evacuate in a manner [of cooperation, and in return] he would compensate us correctly. He promised that in return for the destroyed housing units, 30 housing units would be built for the yeshiva staff. A few other small things were implemented, but the big thing that we did not even ask for was that the prime minister himself said that ten houses would be built for every house that was destroyed and he promised to build 300 housing units."

"The construction of 300 housing units requires planning...and it was decided to build the houses on state land, where the military base and the Border Police unit are located in Beit El. A process of discussion on this matter began. It is impossible to build the 300 housing units at once, but it is possible to build immediately. The area is vacant and the entire planning process has passed, but the final...signature of the defense minister, who receives orders from the prime minister, was not given because of Obama's considerations and then other considerations. [This has happened] four times already. He repeats this promise in the media because today something seems to be happening, but in fact it has not been implemented to this day."

Do you have an assessment of what the problem is? After all, Obama is no longer around.

"There are two main problems here - the first is that Bibi is afraid of his own shadow. There is no real problem [with the US now]. We know that from very authorized sources from the American administration that there is no problem building anywhere in Judea and Samaria.

"So I think that Bibi is afraid of his own shadow, but the more serious problem is that Bibi does not really know what he wants ... There is no clear line that Judea and Samaria belongs to the Jewish people that we will not move and build the settlements.

"As long as the prime minister...is afraid of the left and the media and there is no heroism, we will receive these promises over and over again, but I hope that we will eventually build and settle."








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