Shlomo Ne'eman
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Gush Etzion Regional Council Head Shlomo Ne'eman told Israeli ministers not to attend the government's ceremony marking 50 years since the liberation of Judea and Samaria.

The ceremony will be held in Gush Etzion.

Ne'eman's message came in protest of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's plan to approve 2,600 housing units in Judea and Samaria - but not a single unit in Gush Etzion.

"I have heard about the Higher Planning Committee's upcoming discussion, according to which zero (0!) housing units will be built in Gush Etzion," Ne'eman wrote on his Facebook page.

"Israel's government is planning to hold a ceremony in Gush Etzion, celebrating fifty years since our victory in the Six Day War and our return to Judea and Samaria. I say - if the Israeli government cannot muster enough independence, they should not celebrate.

"We came here to build our eternal homes. There's no reason to celebrate if our basic right to continue living here is taken from us."

Netanyahu's office replied, "There is no building freeze," sources close to Netanyahu said. "On the contrary, we approved thousands of housing units in all of Judea and Samaria during the past two months. We even approved the construction of a new town, for the first time in decades."

"The Cabinet's policy is very clear: We will continue building, and even though the claim was that we discuss new requests once a year, we in fact discuss them once every three months."