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July 31, 2013 7:42 am

Report: PM Netanyahu Promised More Settler Housing in Exchange for Support of Prisoner Release Plan

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Constructing new homes in East Jerusalem. Photo: WikiCommons.

Constructing new homes in East Jerusalem. Photo: WikiCommons.

Times of Israel – In a deal to temper Jewish Home’s resistance to the release of over a hundred long-time Palestinian prisoners, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has promised to advance construction of thousands of housing units in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, the Hebrew daily Maariv reported Wednesday morning. The Prime Minister’s office declined to comment on the report.

According to the report, members of the religious-nationalist Jewish Home party were convinced to swallow what they saw as the bitter pill of the prisoner release — and not threaten to walk out of the government — for the sake of furthering their cause of fortifying the settlement enterprise

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