A day after the introduction of a partial freeze announced by the Israeli government, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, cancelled the government decision to freeze 25 new buildings in “Kedar Settlement”.
The construction project, which is part of the scheme includes 490 residential units, has received the approval of the Israeli Planning Authorities.
According to Israeli media sources, shortly after issuing the freezing orders, Prime Minister Netanyahu telephoned Security Minister Ehud Barak and ordered him to cancel the freeze. He further demanded that the officers appointed to monitor the freeze should leave the premises.
A report of the Israeli TV channel One stated that the construction is continuing in West Bank at an accelerated pace. The report added that construction companies in the settlements quickly developed the foundation for a large number of buildings in the settlements just to circumvent the decision.
Netanyahu was supposed to meet settler leaders on today to discuss a partial freeze on construction. The meeting was however postponed because of Netanyahu’s bad health. Officials said the meeting will be held with the participation of Netanyahu’s deputies. The plan to meet Netanyahu came after the settlements’ council rejected a similar meeting with Ehud Barak.
In the meantime, the council has instructed the settlers not cooperate with the official monitors. Engineering departments in the province were also instructed to refuse cooperation with the engineers from the Israeli Civil Administration.