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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Is it too late to stop the 'freeze'?

Some people still think the 'freeze' can be stopped. Yisrael Beiteinu's Uzi Landau has submitted a demand for a debate by the entire government.
"This is a central issue in the state agenda, and it is essential that all members of government get a chance to express their opinions," Landau said.
And Likud's Danny Danon has submitted enough signatures to bring the 'freeze' to a debate within his party.
MK Danny Danon handed in a sufficient number of Likud members' signatures in order to demand a debate on the recently imposed construction freeze in West Bank settlements.

Danon said the signatures "express public opinion in the Likud, as well as the opinions of ministers unable to be here".
But watch this interview with Efrat Council head Oded Ravivi - who is a friend of a friend. It will make you wonder whether the 'freeze' has any meaning at all in light of Israeli government policies over the last several years.

Let's go to the videotape.

By the way, this shows just how badly the Obama administration messed up with its freeze demand. Efrat, which is in a 'settlement bloc' that most Israelis expect to remain within Israel even in the eventuality of 'peace' with the 'Palestinians,' hasn't had a new building permit in eight years. That kind of makes you wonder why Obama made such a big deal out of a 'settlement freeze,' doesn't it? And now that one has been imposed, you can bet that when those ten months are up, there is going to be enormous pressure on Netanyahu from Israelis to turn on the faucets and let the construction begin in earnest.

A silver lining exists in the current clouds after all.


At 4:00 PM, Blogger Mr. Gerson said...

It makes me think of Ghettos. I know we are a long way off from that, however preventing building of Jewish communities in this manner is harmful.

At 7:34 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

The point is that construction is frozen in existing Jewish communities. We're not talking about the outposts. We're talking about revanants within the national consensus. Everything must be done to thwart it.


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