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Netanyahu meets with Likud activists

Prime minister tries to curb possible internal opposition against settlement freeze by holding marathonic meetings with party activists. Netanyahu quoted as saying 'Americans drove me crazy, they wanted a freeze in Jerusalem as well'

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held marathonic meetings with Likud activists Wednesday, in an attempt to curb any internal opposition against his new settlements policies.


Likud members who were present in the meeting told Ynet that Netanyahu gave them his word that the settlement freeze will be "for no longer than 10 months."


Netanyahu was also quoted as saying that "the Americans drove me crazy, they wanted (a freeze) in Jerusalem as well."


The prime minister promised those in attendance that he will try to reach an understanding with settlers' leaders, saying "I'll sit down with them and make sure they get what they want and that they are satisfied."


Earlier Wednesday, Netanyahu met with 50 senior Likud activists and various mayors and council heads. Netanya Mayor Miriam Feierberg told him that she and her peers "don't think that any Knesset Member is more of a Zionist than you. No one can teach you about Zionism.


"We are facing hard realities and tough decisions must be made. We are here to support you."


Netanyahu is trying to curb internal opposition against his decision to halt settlement construction, but it seems he will be facing an up hill battle: The Likud's central committee was asked to add the impending move to the agenda of a party meeting set for December 29.


פרסום ראשון: 12.02.09, 20:25
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