Senior government source: 'Why is Yossi Dagan against us?'

Senior government official tells Arutz Sheva government is not working against Samaria Council head, denies new building permits are spin.

Tzvi Lev,

Samaria Regional Council head Yossi Dagan
Samaria Regional Council head Yossi Dagan
Flash 90

A senior government official responded to Samaria Regional Council Yossi Dagan's criticism of recent news announcing that 3,800 housing units in Israeli towns across Judea and Samaria will be given final approval next week.

Dagan had called the recent announcement a "spin," accused the Prime Minister of "throwing sand in the public's eyes," and attacked Netanyahu for "missing a historic opportunity."

In a conversation with Arutz Sheva, the source asked why Dagan suddenly decided to attack Netanyahu, when "we just approved 3,800 units, some which had been waiting years for approval".

The source added the government was planning on building public bypass roads in Judea and Samaria, despite Dagan contending that they were left out of the expected approvals. "We made clear that we would handle it in conjunction with the Finance Ministry in a separate budget, spending hundreds of millions of shekels," the source told Arutz Sheva.

Earlier on Monday, a senior official in the Judea and Samaria Council concurred with Dagan and attacked Netanyahu for approving a lower number of units than publicized.

"Netanyahu, unfortunately, is not really building the settlements," said the official. "His intentions are good, but the results are indeed poor."

"After eight years of 'construction drought', half a million people are expected to stand and applaud the approval of only 3,000 construction units, and these numbers are inflated as each stage of authorization," he complained. " A house in Judea and Samaria is counted five times, it seems, because if you actually divide the publicized number into five, only then do you get the actual number of issued building permits."

"Half a million people cannot be satisfied when the number of building permits stands at half a percent of the population per year. It's ridiculous by any measure, and certainly absurd when the percentage of population growth in Judea and Samaria stands at an average of eight percent a year."