Prime Minister Netanyahu
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Shas Chairman Eli Yishai
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Netanyahu meets Yishai on freeze deal

Prime minister attempts to secure Shas's support for freeze while rightists fight to protest before homes of ministers who refuse to take sides on issue

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israel's chief negotiator, Attorney Yitzhak Molcho, met confidentially on Wednesday with Shas ministers Eli Yishai and Ariel Atias, Ynet has learned.


Netanyahu and Molcho presented the ministers with an agreement reached with the US on an additional freeze in West Bank settlement construction, in an attempt to keep them from objecting to the freeze.


Earlier Wednesday, right-wing activists filed a petition with the High Court of Justice demanding that Jerusalem Police allow quiet protests of restricted numbers to take place before the homes of Yishai and Atias, against their immobility on the issue of an additional freeze.


The activists say it is every citizen's democratic right to express his opinion publicly, and that the attorney general is violating that right in his orders against quiet protests before the homes of public officials.


Roee Rider, a discharged soldier coordinating the activities of the Binyamin settlers' council, claims in the petition that police rejected his request to hold protests, despite his promise not to disturb the peace and limit the number of participants.


The petition claims the police, acting on orders by the attorney general, are ignoring the difference between public and elected officials as well as the law, which states that protests with less than 50 people do not require permits.


Police dispersal of such rallies create an "absurd situation", according to the petition, by which the right to protest in front of the home of a minister depends on where he lives.



פרסום ראשון: 11.17.10, 12:22
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