Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) told Arutz Sheva on Thursday at Beit El that "it is our right and our duty to build in Judea and Samaria."
"I think that for the last few years we saw that the real obstacle to peace is terror," she added, subtly responding to international condemnation against a new building project in the town located north of Jerusalem.
"It's about time that the world realize that if we want to have coexistence in the Middle East, we need to work on the incitement in the Palestinian Authority and to work on the education – those are the duties of the international community, in order to improve life on the ground and the coexistence between Jews and Arabs."
"We are laying the cornerstone today for the construction of 300 housing units, and relaying a message in the government's name – that we must build and keep developing the settlement enterprise,” Hotovely said at the ceremony.
"We must keep on building this way,” she added. “Half-a-million Jews are a reality that no element in the world could evict or uproot. We must keep building while respecting the rule of law in Israel.”