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No Building Anywhere In Yesha

Arutz-7's Haggai Huberman revealed today the full contents of a letter written by top Prime Ministerial aide Dov Weisglass outlining the full extent of the total freeze on construction in Yesha imposed by the Sharon government.
First Publish: 1/11/2004, 2:42 PM / Last Update: 1/11/2004, 4:22 PM

Arutz-7's Haggai Huberman revealed today the full contents of a letter written by top Prime Ministerial aide Dov Weisglass outlining the full extent of the total freeze on construction in Yesha imposed by the Sharon government.

It's been four months now, Huberman reports, that the freeze-out policy has been in effect, in keeping with promises made to the U.S., encompassing all areas: "new construction, tenders, and marketing of homes. What this means is that Sharon has agreed with the U.S. to do what even the late Yitzchak Rabin did not agree: even new neighborhoods within the municipal borders will not be established. The only new construction that will be permitted under the current [right-wing] government is on the lawns between houses."

The information was provided by Housing Minister Effie Eitam to his National Religious Party Knesset faction. Some 80 housing and development plans in Yesha are awaiting authorization by the Defense Minister, who is taking no action at all on them.

Weisglass wrote to then-Attorney-General Elyakim Rubenstein several months ago that these understandings were reached in talks between Israel and the U.S., and include the following: The State of Israel will not pay from its public budget for the natural Jewish growth in Judea and Samaria; new communities will not be built, construction in existing towns will be frozen except for within existing construction lines, and no new lands will be taken for construction.