Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's emissaries at Friday's coalition talks between Likud-Beytenu and Bayit Yehudi told the party that a moratorium would be placed on settlement construction immediately upon the formation of the new government, Channel 2 reported.
The move was posed as "payback" for the practice among residents of West Bank settlements of joining Likud en masse in order to back hawks in party primaries with no intention of voting for the party in general elections. Likud officials have complained of the practice for years.
According to Channel 2, Likud Beytenu representatives told Bayit Yehudi MK Uri Ariel on Friday that the next government would set out immediately to freeze building in all settlements outside of the major settlement blocs.
Channel 2 quoted sources close to Netanyahu as saying there would be grave consequences for the settlers "betrayal" of the prime minister and Likud.
Friday, March 1, 2013
Bibi to Punish Settlers in Next Term
Looks like Bibi wants to punish the settler community for voting in Likud primaries but not for Likud in the general election. It's a petty political maneuver against people who are his natural allies and will only drive them away from Likud. Maybe it would be better if he fails to form a government: