'Netanyahu deceived us'

PM claims failure to act on Beit El building pledge was due to US demand, but sources close to Trump say decision was PM's alone.

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Religious Zionism has had hard feelings in recent days over Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's decision to mislead the people once again in Judea and Samaria.

Sources at the Jewish Judea and Samaira community leaders' meeting held last week with the Prime Minister were surprised to hear Netanyahu again refusing to honor his promise to Beit El that 300 housing units would be built in the town as compensation for agreeing to the destruction of five buildings up in its center for decades that turned out to be on non-state land..

"Prime Minister, why do not you approve the construction you promised to Beit El?" Netanyahu was asked at the meeting. Netanyahu evaded the question, mentioning that the US does not approve construction there.

Netanyahu said that a clarification he had made with his staff showed that approval of marketing the Beit El housing units was contrary to agreements recently reached with the Americans.

However, a clarification conducted with American sources close to US President Trump reveals that there is no demand on the part of the United States not to build in Beit El, and that the entire policy is in the hands of the Prime Minister.

"Netanyahu lied to religious Zionist rabbis and not for the first time," says a senior official in Judea and Samaria. "There is no explanation for the Prime Minister's behavior, which is seriously damaging Jewish Jewish life in Judea and Samaria. Netanyahu is afraid and caves in to the extreme Left. We can only hope that religious Zionism will make a reckoning on election day and not be tempted to vote for a leader who deceives its people, representatives, and rabbis."

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Meanwhile, the Beit El Council decided to move its work to a protest tent outside the Prime Minister's residence in Jerusalem starting Sunday.

"For ten years, not a single house was built in Beit El!" said the Beit El council in a statement. "Five years ago, with the destruction of the Ulpana neighborhood, the Prime Minister promised to allow the construction of 300 new apartments. Two years ago, with the destruction of the Dreinoff homes, the Prime Minister again promised to advance the construction plan for the 300 units."

It was further stated, "The plans have advanced and only a marketing authorization is required. Last week, at a meeting in which a number of projects were approved, Beit El was again dropped from the list. The plan has not yet been approved, nor have been approved the marketing of 114 apartments, which are the first stage of the 300; the plan is ready and the construction area available."