A group of 15 mostly opposition Knesset members has urged Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to freeze construction in Yehudah and Shomron as a gesture to continue peace talks instead of releasing terrorists, The Jerusalem Post reported Tuesday.
“We ask the Israeli government, the Americans and the Palestinians to immediately switch the gesture of a fourth release of prisoners and terrorists with a settlement construction freeze for the duration of our negotiations with the Palestinians,” the MKs from Labor, Movement and Shas wrote in a letter to Netanyahu.
“Mr. Prime Minister, a freeze can always be stopped and defrosted, but to go back from freeing more prisoners and murdering terrorists is impossible,” the MKs said.
The letter also says freezing construction over freeing terrorists will “calm many in the Zionist right” and support bereaved families, while showing the world that human life is more important than land.
MKs who signed the letter included Hilik Bar, Eitan Cabel, Shelly Yacimovich, Nachman Shai, Moshe Mizrahi, Stav Shaffir, Itzik Shmuly, Erel Margalit, Mickey Rosenthal, Michal Biran and Avishai Braverman, all of Labor, David Tsur (Movement) and Yaakov Margi and Yitzhak Cohen of Shas.