Israel Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Monday declared that the 10 month moratorium on new building in Jewish settlements will end.
The reality that residents [of the settlements] face is unbearable, I speak as someone who lives in a such a community.
We must repay the people who came [to the territories] on behalf of all previous Israeli governments and found them selves in an absurd situation. This [situation] is intolerable. We want to ensure that at the end of September life will return to normal.
We do not want to protest or to make provocations, but it is people’s right to live normally. There is no reason that people [in the settlements] do not enjoy the same living conditions of all other Israeli citizens.”
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seemed to agree on Monday, saying that the freeze will not be extended, possibly as a tactic to try and induce the Palestinian Authority to agree to direct negotiations. It was not clear whether Netanyahu was trying to pressure Palestinians to resume direct peace talks.