Some Israeli Knesset members opposed to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s partial settlement freeze are drafting a bill to unfreeze settlement construction.
Opposing Likud and Kadima parties’ members said on Thursday that they are drafting a resolution that will exclude large settlement blocs from a 10-month building lull, which applies to areas in the West Bank, Maan news agency quoted the Ma’ariv as saying.
The left-leaning Kadima party’s Otniel Schneller said he will support the plan.
The draft would be a political embarrassment to Netanyahu, the daily said.
To defuse tensions, Netanyahu invited West Bank settler leaders on Thursday to discuss the settlement freeze. Despite his pleas, the defiant leaders rejected his petition and vowed to keep confronting security forces sent to enforce the edict.
In the West Bank, settlers blocked inspectors from entering a settlement to search for unauthorized construction, the third straight day of such confrontations. There has been no violence, but authorities have made at least six arrests.