'We will not agree to sovereignty if there is a freeze'

Gush Etzion council head Shlomo Ne'eman wonders if sovereignty map means a 'choke' of isolated communities which 'we could not evacuate.'

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Ne'eman and Bennett examine sovereignty map
Ne'eman and Bennett examine sovereignty map
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Gush Etzion council head Shlomo Ne'eman spoke to Arutz Sheva following the end of the weekly Yamina faction meeting Monday, which was attended by several council heads and municipal leaders from Judea and Samaria.

"We are very concerned. On the one hand, we have encouraged and spoken in favor of sovereignty, but the things that are being published recently by Ambassador Friedman and the things we hear from the American side are worrying. They put the settlements in a very problematic place," said Ne'eman.

He warned that the residents of Judea and Samaria would not accept sovereignty at the cost of a building freeze.

"If there is no building permitted within the territories [where we declare] sovereignty and in isolated communities, what kind of sovereignty is that? What are you trying to do to those communities? [Previous Israeli governments] were not able to evacuate them so now we should freeze construction there?" he wondered.

Ne'eman noted that "in the Trump outline presented to us in Washington, these things were not mentioned. We were explicitly told that the laws applied to these localities would be like Tel Aviv. Does that sound like Tel Aviv? Does the White House tell us where we can build in Tel Aviv?"



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