Barak set to approve new building in W. Bank settlements
Netanyahu: Settlement slowdown to start once 500 new homes built
Sunday, September 6, 2009
(This paragraph says it all!!)
"A freeze has enormous political implications which are no less than a catastrophe for the settlement enterprise. Freezing construction in Ma'aleh Adumim, Gush Etzion, Beitar, what are called the 'settlement blocs,' places them clearly on the negotiating table. Why would the state freeze construction in areas that are not open for negotiation? There is nothing that signals to the Arabs that it is possible to restore them to the 1967 border than such a freeze," Dayan said.
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