Secretly frozen. Thats might be the future for Jewish Jerusalem. The pressure is increasing on Benjamin Netanyahu.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s key coalition partners seemed to give a tacit nod Thursday to the possibility of a building freeze within Jerusalem itself, despite a reiteration by Netanyahu that no such freeze would be enacted.
But while that potential source of coalition friction seemed to turn in the prime minister’s favor, other challenges to coalition unity arose during the day from Israel Beiteinu.
Shas officials volleyed about denials of a reported statement by the party’s spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, in which he supposedly told President Shimon Peres that in order to save lives, Shas would not oppose a US-urged building freeze in the capital. Although Shas officially denied that Yosef had made any such statement in the conversation with the president three weeks ago during Pessah, some Shas leaders – including Housing and Construction Minister Ariel Attias – stopped short of denying it outright.
In a radio interview Thursday, Attias said his party certainly believed in continuing building in the capital, but that it was also important not to damage the friendship between Israel and the United States.
Shas was not alone in its possible support for such a move. Officials in powerful coalition partner Israel Beiteinu said that their party, too, would not necessarily oppose a temporary freeze. While reiterating the importance of a unified Jerusalem as stated in party chairman Avigdor Lieberman’s Independence Day speech, one official also recalled that Israel Beiteinu had ultimately supported the current 10-month building freeze in Judea and Samaria as well.
Source: Jerusalem Post.
The most non-secret «secret» is that Benjamin Netanyahu have given in to US pressure on East Jerusalem.
No Zionist can stand up in public and say that Washington decided who can build in East Jerusalem. But in «secret» conversation with the US Administration, the political leadership can promises to keep such a secret building freeze a public secret.
When there is no longer any construction in the capital of Israel, will it just be a funny coincidence, that the Government of Israel and Arab Palestinians will be gathered around the same coffee table?
Is there really anyone who believe this is the right solution?
Can Zionism be «defrozen», the moment it has ceased to be an non-negotiable principle?