Efrat Weiss
December 4, 2009 - 1:00am

The Yesha Council is planning several steps in an effort to avert the settlement construction freeze recently announced by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The settlers will be holding a major rally in Jerusalem next week, scheduled for Wednesday at this time, to protest the construction freeze. Meanwhile, Thursday evening, the Yesha Council held an emergency meeting at the settlement of Kedumim to discuss its next moves. “We won’t accept the freeze orders. This is a battle everyone is enlisting for,” Yesha Council Chairman Danny Dayan told Ynet at the end of Thursday’s meeting, attended by about 150 participants.

Notably, Kedumim residents have been able to prevent Civil Administration officials and security forces from entering the community and handing out the freeze orders for three days now.

Meanwhile, the settlers are also asking the public to donate money in order to help organize protests. A bank account number has already been earmarked to that end.

Dayan told Ynet that the settlers will be holding emergency sessions across Judea and Samaria in the coming days, in order to prepare for the battle ahead and delegate tasks. He noted that residents will continue to make efforts to prevent inspectors from entering West Bank communities.

The settlers are also pressing coalition members to resist the construction freeze, while turning their attention to the legal arena as well. A total of 14 local councils in Judea and Samaria have already petitioned the High Court of Justice against the decision to halt Jewish construction in the West Bank.


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