Israel

Netanyahu Says West Bank Settlement Construction Could Harm post-Iran Deal Talks With U.S.

 

haaretz.com – Barak Ravid

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Monday night’s cabinet meeting that he does not intend to approve further settlement construction in order not to harm talks with the United States about security understandings and upgrading the Israel Defense Forces’ capabilities following the nuclear deal with Iran.

Settlement construction was one of the major points of contention during the cabinet session. Habayit Hayehudi ministers Naftali Bennett and Ayalet Shaked, together with Likud’s Zeev Elkin, demanded that Netanyahu immediately announce new construction in the settlements in reaction to the wave of terrorist attacks, and even set a policy of building a new neighborhood or settlement after every attack.

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