Monday, June 19, the office of the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu posted a message about the construction project in Qalqilya.
«Contrary to publications that appeared in the media, the Prime Minister never said that unknown to him the project of building this city. He just said that he doesn’t remember the numbers 14.000 housing units. After a careful study of the minutes of the meeting of the military-political Cabinet revealed that Prime Minister was right, and such data is not given», — said the press service.
As previously reported, on 18 June, the Prime Minister ordered to submit the draft of Qalqiliya on further consideration the military-political Cabinet. This decision was made on the background of sharp criticism of the plan. The criticism came from Ministers from the «Bayt Yehudi» and some Ministers from the «Likud».
The Ministry of defence does not comment on this information. Earlier, defense officials said that we are not talking about the construction of 14,000 housing units, but only on the legalization of already built housing units.
Environment Minister Zeev Elkin said in the editorial NEWSru.co.il: «the Prime Minister announced that in the near future will be a full discussion of this issue at the meeting of the military-political Cabinet, and then will inform the Ministers of the government.»
Later than the Second channel ITV announced that at the meeting of heads of coalition factions, the Prime Minister said, «I don’t remember the decision of the Cabinet on the expansion of construction in Qalqilya».