'There never was a better government for settlement'

Prime Minister Netanyahu opens Likud meeting with reference to Judea Samaria protest against freeze policy.

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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu opened the Likud faction meeting this afternoon (Monday) with a reference to the protest against the Judea and Samaria construction freeze.

"There never was and never will be a better government for settlement than this one. We remember how it ended last time when the right wing brought down its own government," Netanyahu said.

The Prime Minister addressed the issue of the plan to build 14,000 housing units in Qalqiliya, claiming that no such decision had been reached by the cabinet.

"On the issue of housing units, the number that was published was not presented in the cabinet. This is a very expansive interpretation of a decision that was not made. We do not accept this," Netanyahu told his faction members.

The Prime Minister issued a call not to attack IDF officers: "I ask you to stop attacking IDF officers, if there are any complaints, turn to us, the Defense Minister and the Prime Minister," he said.

In response, the head of the Jordan Valley Council, David Elhayani, said, "Then let IDF officers stop dealing with civilian matters."

Netanyahu's words mirror almost word-for-word remarks by Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman last week, that ""Whoever claims that it was possible to do more is not stretching the rope to the limit, but tearing it apart completely and thus endangering the entire settlement enterprise," he said. "There never was and never will be a better government to take care of Jewish settlement in Judea and Samaria and develop it," he said.

Netanyahu also addressed Iran: "We are monitoring Iran's activity in the Syrian theater, and attempts to transfer advanced weapons to Hezbollah," the Prime Minister said, calling on Iran not to test Israel: "Do not threaten us."



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