The chairman of the Yesha Council called Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's plan to accept a US proposal and impose a three-month construction moratorium in the West Bank a "surrender of those who demanded reciprocity."
Speaking to Ynet on Sunday, Naftali Bennett said, "Three weeks ago Netanyahu told the world he would not extend the freeze even by one day unless the Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state. Now – nothing. The whole world is assessing Netanyahu – from (Iranian President Mahmoud) Ahmadinejad to (Palestinian President Mahmoud) Abbas and (US President Barack) Obama. If he folds now, his word will have zero value in the future."
Shomron Regional Council head Gershon Mesika said any announcement on the renewal of the West Bank construction freeze would "begin the countdown to the end of Netanyahu's government.
"We thought there was a limit to the deceitfulness and dishonesty – even when it comes to a politician like Bibi. But now it is clear that Netanyahu is a tiger on television but a frightened cat on the ground," he said.
"This capitulation is a severe blow to the settlement enterprise and jeopardizes the state's existence. We'll politically persecute any minister who backs (the freeze) or does not oppose it."
The Shomron Settlers' Committee is expected to hold an emergency meeting on Sunday to discuss the issue. Chairman Benny Katzover said Netanyahu was "waging war on the Land of Israel."
Lieutenant-Colonel (res.) Itzik Shadmi, who serves as chairman of the Binyamin Settlers' Committee, said, "It has been proven that any surrender to the Arabs only brings about more terror."
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