Dagan: 'Lack of confidence in the Prime Minister'

Samaria Regional Council head Yossi Dagan threatens to start a protest movement against Netanyahu over Judea and Samaria policies.

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Samaria Regional Council head Yossi Dagan
Samaria Regional Council head Yossi Dagan
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Samaria Regional Council head Yossi Dagan took his war of words with Prime Minister Netanyahu up a notch, threatening on Monday to start a large protest movement unless the Prime Minister changes his policies regarding Judea and Samaria.

Dagan is angry at Netanyahu for the low number of housing units approved for building in Judea and Samaria and contends that Netanyahu is not fulfilling his promise to build bypass roads.

"Unfortunately, we have a lack of confidence in the Prime Minister," said Dagan. "If he continues to string us along with the amount of building [in Judea and Samaria] and in security matters, I cannot remain silent in good conscience. If we do not receive good answers, we will have no choice but to embark on a large protest."

According to Dagan, Netanyahu had promised to transfer NIS 300 million ($86 million) for improved security measures to the Judea and Samaria Council after the Henkin family murder in 2015 but never followed through.

"It appears the bereaved families don't impact this government. We get murder after murder, terror attack after terror attack yet we still have to explain why we need improved security measures. We're sick of it," Dagan said.

Dagan had first come out against Netanyahu after it turned out that out of the 3,829 units which are expected to receiving approval at this week’s Higher Planning Committee meeting, only 870 are slated to receive final permits – the last step before the projects can be put on the market.

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

The leaders of the Judea and Samaria Council were hoping for a wave of construction following an almost total freeze on building during the Obama administration and are bitterly disappointed over the low number of housing units that the government is building.








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