Netanyahu and Bennett
Netanyahu and Bennett Miriam Alster/Flash 90

At more or less the same time in which bulldozers began tearing down the Draynoff houses in Beit El, following a High Court order, a consultation was held at the Prime Minister's Office in which the immediate construction of 300 housing units in Beit El was approved.

The 300 units were promised by the Israeli government three years ago after the relocation of the Ulpana houses in Beit El.

In addition, 91 housing units in Jerusalem will be marketed, and planning will begin for 24 homes in Pisgat Ze'ev, 300 homes in Ramot, 70 homes in Gilo, and 19 units at Har Homa.

Jewish Home Chairman Naftali Bennett congratulated the prime minister on the decision, which he called “quick, right and Zionistic.”

Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon opposed the decision to build more homes.

MK Moti Yogev of the party hinted the Beit El incident may end the coalition, and it appears that it was a threat by party chairman Naftali Bennett to do so that brought Netanyahu to declare the construction of 300 homes. .

There has been tension growing in the party, with supporters from Beit El facing off against Bennett to press him to do something about the demolition, to which he told them to protest Likud. The Tekuma faction of Jewish Home has indicated it may take action if the party does not.