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Jerusalem - Netanyahu's Office: No Change In Settlement Policy

Published on: February 7, 2013 08:28 AM
By: Jerusalem Post
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 Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C) attends the swearing-in ceremony of the 19th Knesset, the new Israeli parliament, in Jerusalem, Israel, 05 February 2013.  EPA/URIEL SINAI Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C) attends the swearing-in ceremony of the 19th Knesset, the new Israeli parliament, in Jerusalem, Israel, 05 February 2013.  EPA/URIEL SINAI

Jerusalem - Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has not changed his position on settlements, Israel Radio quoted an official in his office as saying Thursday. The comment comes in the wake of a report that Netanyahu’s senior security adviser said settlements impede Western support of Israel.

According to Haaretz, National Security Council head Yaakov Amidror recently told closed-door meetings at the Prime Minister’s Bureau that Israel’s insistence on continuing settlement construction is costing it international support even among its most stalwart friends.

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“It’s impossible to explain the issue of settlement construction anyplace in the world,” Amidror was quoted as saying.

“It’s impossible to explain this matter to German Chancellor Angela Merkel or even to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Construction in the settlements has become a diplomatic problem and is causing Israel to lose support even among its friends in the West,” Haaretz quoted Amidror as saying at a closed discussion.

Amidror, a religious former head of research in Military Intelligence, has long been associated with the right. He recently told Israeli ambassadors serving abroad after who expressed concern about Israeli settlement construction in E1 that they should either represent Israel’s position, resign or go into politics.


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 Feb 07, 2013 at 09:39 AM Anonymous Says:

That's interesting because Canadian real estate works exactly this way. The government would sell tracts of land but would not allow building on it until the neighboring tract were developed. Obviously the "settlements" are needed to house israeli citizens or we would have over crowding in the main cities.

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 Feb 07, 2013 at 03:38 PM shimon Says:

i never understand this. i thought it is very easy to explain.
Oslo forced Israel to become temporarily constricted for the purpose of a peace treaty, and now the UN voted against the continuation of Oslo, by giving the Palestinians a state on disputed land. This automatically relieves Israel from all further constrictions or fears of being misunderstood about Oslo, since Oslo is no longer recognized by the UN anyway.

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