By Ted Belman
Netanyahu’s coalition is fraying at the edges. MK’s from Likud and Habayit Yahudi are speaking out in defiance of Government policy. The driver is Netanyahu’s embrace of the peace process and his willingness to have a de facto building freeze.
Two weeks ago he said that Israel had to be “smart about” where it built and hinted it was ready to limit expansion to settlement clusters it intends to keep in any future land-for-peace deal. At around the same time MK Danny Danon attracted a lot of attention when he declared that the governing coalition is staunchly opposed to a two-state solution and would block the creation of a Palestinian state if such a proposal ever came to a vote. He went so far as to say “This government will block any two-state deal”
For this he was chastised by many on the left and by Min Boogie Yaalon who I used to like. Yaalon is backing Bibi all the way.
Naftali Bernnett joined in to declare Oslo dead. So did Zippy Hotovely.
Last week Minister of Housing Uri Ariel, publicaly complained that Bibi had imposed a total freeze on any new building plans. Daniella Weiss, one of the leaders of the Nahala movement, says that Netanyahu should live up to his promises to build in E1. She called for a rally in E1 believing that those in favour of construction should focus on building there.
On Saturday, Danon spoke at a Sabbath-day event in E-1 in which one thousand Israelis urged the government to follow through on promises to build new homes for Israeli citizens in the area. In reference to Bibi statement about being smart on the timing, he said “There is no such thing as ‘timing,’ every day is the right day to build,”.
There seems to be a pro-construction faction developing. Danan said
But if the Housing Minister knows about it (the freeze), I expect that we’ll work together against this decision.”
“We will fight this decision together as we’ve fought together in the past,” Danon declared. “We don’t need to allow a de facto freeze.”