West Bank settlement - AP - March 13, 2011
A worker at a construction site in the West Bank settlement of Maale Adumim, near Jerusalem on March 13, 2011. Photo by AP
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Forty-two cabinet ministers and MKs, all members of the Eretz Yisrael Lobby, signed a petition addressed to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday, calling on him to solve the housing crisis that has swept up the country by building in the West Bank and Jerusalem.

The ministers and MKs wrote in the petition that “in light of the housing crisis throughout the country, we, as members of Knesset and signatories, call on you [Netanyahu] and the government to consider all possible solutions, including the immediate housing of tens of thousands of citizens in Judea and Samaria, as well as Jerusalem.”

The signatories including Moshe Kahlon, Mickey Eitan, Yossi Peled and Yuli Edelstein from Likud, Habayit Hayehudi leader Daniel Hershkowitz, and the head of the lobby, MK Zeev Elkin (Likud) and Aryeh Eldad (National Unity). Five Kadima members, Yoel Hasson, Ronit Tirosh, Yulia Shmuelov-Berkowitz and Otniel Schneller, signed as well.

The letter was presented at a special gathering at the Knesset for the Eretz Yisrael Lobby in honor of both the end of the Knesset session as well as the release of the book, “The settlements; the real story”, which documents the lobby’s narrative about the settlements in the West Bank in both text and pictures.