Israel - Settlers launch aggressive campaign against Netanyahu
Israel - Settlement leaders on Tuesday launched an "aggressive and direct" campaign on the eve of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to Washington, lest he "again betrays his voters," they said.
They noted that the struggle till now has been directed at Defense Minister Ehud Barak and they have avoided attacking Netanyahu directly. "If Netanyahu returns from the US with another commitment to a (construction) freeze, he will encounter an unprecedented response of settlers who will hound him no matter where he goes," the campaign organizers promised.
"Netanyahu is the first prime minister to implement a total freeze of the settlement in Judea and Samaria," said campaign organizers Benny Katzover, head of the Shomron Settlers' Committee, Binyamin Settlers Committee Chairman Itzik Shadmi and Bezalel Smutritz, a member of Komemiyut (Uprightness).
According to the settler leaders, the constriction moratorium has not been met with harsh resistance due to the fact that Netanyahu and his cabinet promised it would be a one-time move.
"If Netanyahu betrays his voters once again and breaks his promises, he will face an unprecedented struggle on the part of all the rightist organizations," the settler leaders said in a statement.