RAMALLAH, July 26 (July) - Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman conducted a tour of the West Bank
’s Jewish settlements
The visit comes just a day after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
told the Knesset
's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee that he does not intend to extend the partial moratorium on settlement construction which is set to expire at the end of September.
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Monday during a tour of the West Bank's Jewish communities that we are determined to return life to its proper course as of September. Read
In a visit in the Bruchin community Lieberman added, We are not going to change demographics but if the community develops there shouldn't be a big deal involving the defense minister. It's not a provocation or a threat but peoples' right to lead a normal life, in terms of all services, like any other community in Israel. (Aviel Magnezi)
Israel must begin building new homes in all West Bank settlements once the moratorium on such activity ends on September 26, Foreign Minister Avigodor Lieberman said Monday during a visit to the Samaria region.
He spoke after planting tree in the Itamar settlement, located outside the boundary of the security barrier.
We want to ensure that at the end of September life will return to normal. We do not want to protest or to make provocations, but it is people's right to live normally. There is no reason that people [in the settlements] do not enjoy the same living conditions of all other Israeli citizens, said Lieberman.
His visit, which was organized by the Samaria Regional Council, marks the first time that a Foreign Minister has come to the small hilltop community of 170 families since its inception in 1984.
It comes in advance of Thursday's Arab League vote on whether to support direct talks with Israel.
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