A show of support for Netanyahu
Photo: Lior Mizrachi
47 MKs to PM: Continue building in Jerusalem
Letter of support to Netanyahu asserts Israel's right to construct in capital. Petition calls on prime minister to stand firm in face of international pressure for further 'gestures'

Forty-seven Knesset members from almost all Zionist factions, with the exception of Meretz, signed a letter initiated by MK Otniel Schneller (Kadima) to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu regarding the need to continue building in Jewish Jerusalem.


The signatories, including MK Tsachi Hanegbi (Kadima) and Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin, express support for Israel's right to construct in Jerusalem.


Schneller sent the letter to the prime minister in an attempt to show support during Netanyahu's difficult dialogue with Washington.


"We support continued construction and development of the neighborhoods without any hindrance or delay," the MKs wrote, and also noted they present various perspectives and approaches to a final settlement of the conflict.


At the same time, the Eretz Israel Knesset lobby is preparing a petition for Netanyahu.


"We once again call on you to stay true to your position, according to which Israel cannot make any further gestures before the renewal of talks, and Israel must not yield to Palestinian extortion and international pressure for further gestures," the petition says.


Some 30 MKs have signed so far.


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