Mayor of Beitar Ilit Meir Rubenstein said in response to the unfreezing of the construction in his city: "The pressure put on the government by Shas and United Torah Judaism was what paved the way for the unfreezing. It is a good start and we are awaiting the continuation."
He added that "the government decided, upon founding the city, that it was destined to include 10,000 housing units, and no one is debating that. The 286 units frozen were part of the 3,142 units approved by Itzhak Rabin." (Neta Sela)