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Report: Kerry Won Five-Week Unofficial Building Freeze from Bibi

Netanyahu again plays chess, or poker, with the United States. Kerry wants a building freeze to satisfy Abbas’ conditions for resuming talks. Netanyahu reportedly agreed – but for only five weeks.
Construction project in Gush Etzion, south of Jerusalem.

Construction project in Gush Etzion, south of Jerusalem.
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has been quietly enforcing a de facto building freeze on all construction for Jews in Judea and Samaria and areas in Jerusalem claimed by the Palestinian Authority, Israeli media reported Tuesday.

The Prime Minister promised U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to curtail construction for Jews until mid-June to give PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas time to fulfill his condition for a return to face-to-face negotiations with Israel.

Army Radio reported that Prime Minister Netanyahu told Housing Minister Uri Ariel, who lives in  the Judea and is a senior member of the Jewish Home party, to suspend publishing tenders for 3,000 residential housing units, including those to advance plans and construction of homes in the E-1 area of Maaleh Adumim.

Ariel insisted there has been no building freeze but added that the Prime Minister has delayed progress for new building, and he referred reporters to the Prime Minister, who arrived in China Sunday for a six-day visit.

Netanyahu’s reported agreement to a five-week freeze, much shorter than the 10-month freeze announced in September 2010, might be a gamble that Kerry will not be able to convince Abbas to resume direct talks with Israel.

There have been no real discussions since the 2010 building freeze, which Abbas demanded before resuming negotiations and then refused because it did not include a freeze in eastern, southern and northern Jerusalem, and did not cover public building in Judea and Samaria.

The E-1 area has become red line for both Abbas and Netanyahu. Any building activity there would infuriate Abbas and win him more support to continue to place the Palestinian Authority on various United Agencies.

If Israel were to even offer a hint to surrender the area, the Jewish Home party would probably pull out of the coalition, and it is doubtful if Likud-Beiteinu would agree to continue to rule with a new coalition that would include the Labor party.

However, Israel desperately needs an approved government budget for this year, and any party that forces new elections without a budget is liable to be severely punished at the polls.

Someone is going to have to climb down from the limb.

If Abbas misses another opportunity to miss an opportunity and starts demanding more conditions, Kerry and Netanyahu can walk away from the tree and leave him hanging there.

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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6 Responses to “Report: Kerry Won Five-Week Unofficial Building Freeze from Bibi”

  1. Have said it before, but it bears repeating: Netanyahu is a consummate appeaser -http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/05/02/pm-netanyahus-continual-islamic-leftist-appeasement-endangers-the-national-interest-intersecting-with-jihadists-in-america-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/..and it always is at the expense of the Zionist national interest!

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/.

  2. Alan Kardon says:

    Did Kerry get Abbas to agree that Israel has a right to exist?

  3. Jay Sprueill says:

    Hope someone donates some salve for Netanyahus hemeroids they gotta be sore by now.

  4. Sharon Story says:

    Why stop building. Is Kerry or Obama really interested in Isreal. Someday the Arabs will be peaceful and nice? Right! Can anyone say "Boston."

  5. Sharon Story says:

    Why stop building. Is Kerry or Obama really interested in Isreal. Someday the Arabs will be peaceful and nice? Right! Can anyone say "Boston."

  6. Ed Pickett says:

    Israel, tell Kerry to pound sand, in the Sinai. Now I will be audited.

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