Publication of the project of construction of 14,000 housing units for the Palestinian Arabs in Qalqiliya sparked strong criticism among MPs and Ministers from right-wing parties.
The Ministers from the party «Bayt Yehudi» Naftali Bennett and Ayelet shaked demanded to freeze the project until then, until it approved the construction of a similar number of housing units in areas C under full Israeli control. In the «Bayt Yehudi» is called a proposal for the development of Qalqilya «reward for terror».
The extension building in Qalqiliya is part of the plan, dubbed «carrot and stick». This plan was presented to members of the military-political Cabinet in August last year, defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman. At a meeting of Cabinet Ministers Naftali Bennett and Ayelet shaked voted against the plan, but it was approved by a majority of Ministers.
However, after the publication on the eve of the Second channel ITV reports that in the near future will begin its practical implementation, was criticized by the right camp. The right wing is particularly outraged by the fact that construction in Qalqilya approved and will start at that time, Israel has agreed to slow construction in the settlements in Judea and Samaria.
Deputies Bezalel Smotrich («Bayt Yehudi»), and Yoav Kish (Likud) said that he will ask the Prime Minister for clarification about the plan. «Construction and the generous allocation of land to the Palestinians, including in the areas of C, at the same time very brief and to the provision of land for construction by the Israelis, is a transition every conceivable borders.
The government of the national camp cannot afford it», — reads the statement of the leaders of the lobby.
From the office of the Prime Minister Bignami Netanyahu conveyed the following: «we are Talking about the project, presented last year by the defence Minister and approved by the military-political Cabinet. Since it was approved the planning and construction of more than 10,000 housing units for settlers in Judea and Samaria, so the claims that we hear now, unreasonable and even absurd.»
From the press service of the defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said «the statements of the Ministers from the party «Bayt Yehudi» strange especially because the plan was presented to members of the military-political Cabinet, including Bennett and shaked. The current government is the most friendly to the settlement activity in Judea and Samaria, and only in the first six months of 2017 had approved the construction of thousands of housing units. We conduct a balanced policy, seeking to develop and strengthen the settlements on the one hand, and the preservation of national interests of Israel in the international arena on the other.»