The roadblock to a construction freeze is Shas. Shas wants Jerusalem to be exempt from the freeze, and the US is willing to have that, as was the previous freeze, but not to commit to it in writing in order not to create problems with the Arabs. It is a simple matter actually, because this is a situation that was already in effect. Netanyahu should tell Shas: Accept the oral understanding on Jerusalem and you can abstain from the vote, or I fire you from the government. This is an "offer" Shas cannot refuse and it will work. With Shas abstaining, Netanyahu has a thin majority in the cabinet for a freeze. Let it be remembered that Sharon fired the Lieberman party from the coalition in order to achieve a similarly thin majority (of one vote) in order to evacuate Gaza. Shas has nothing to lose if it abstains, and a whole lot to gain if they stay in the coalition. The only real problem here is that Netanyahu is a political coward of enormous dimensions and refuses to take any risks.
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from the article: Netanyahu has no choice but to freeze East Jerusalem building