Leaders of Judea and Samaria expressed their outrage over Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's de facto construction freeze, after reports Monday revealed he cancelled 2,500 housing units in the region and Jerusalem due to international pressure.
"The prime minister vowed to advance programs and start construction, but in reality after this type of (building) advancement is published everything is stopped," unnamed leaders of Judea and Samaria communities told the Hebrew news site Walla! on Monday.
Noting on the deceptive nature of the de facto freeze, they added "you have to understand that so many times it's published that they approved building housing units, but in actuality it's just a certain stage of advancing the project and not construction."
For example, the local leaders noted that in the Samaria town of Itamar, "which exists for dozens of years already, it was published several times that the government approved building, but actually after each publication there was an outcry against the process and it wasn't given final approval."
"In this way a town that is so veteran and whose development is funded by the state in effect exists without an approved program," they revealed. More