Ariel blasts PM for settlement construction freeze

Agriculture Minister and chairman of the Tekuma-National Union Party Uri Ariel denounced what he said was a de facto construction freeze in the West Bank and Jerusalem, as well as the planned destruction of housing units in Beit El by the end of July.

The council of the National Union, a constituent of the Bayit Yehudi faction, which convened on Sunday night in Beit El, instructed its MKs, Ariel and MK Bezalel Smotrich, to implement “coalition sanctions” against the government until it changed these policies, which could include actions such as failing to be present for important votes in the Knesset.

The Likud party said in response that the settlements were important to the prime minister and that he would "continue to advance the settlements project” while acknowledging the current diplomatic reality.


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